Former Rep. Adam Kinzinger is making sure that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is being held accountable for his lies about the Paul Pelosi attacker motivations, and Cruz doesn't like it.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger said that he thinks the DOJ should charge Trump with crimes and explained why the former president should be convicted.
After the 1/6 Committee announced their criminal referrals of Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) urged the criminal justice system to make sure that Trump can never be elected again.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said that the Republican Party has gone from a big tent to harboring racists and the ignorant.
Video of Kinzinger:
Kinzinger: The great party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan has turned its back on the ideals of liberty.. and has embraced lies.. The Republican party used to believe in a big tent.. Now, we shelter the ignorant, the racist… pic.twitter.com/PlEur0KKBc
Devin Nunes left Congress to work at Truth Social, but he likely going to be out of a job now that Trump has his Twitter account back.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said that he and Liz Cheney aren't brave for strongly condemning the attack on Paul Pelosi but that they are surrounded by cowards in the Republican Party.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger said on MSNBC's Alex Wagner Tonight that Liz Cheney will follow Trump to the gates of hell.
The 1/6 Committee hearings have not changed Republican minds about reality, only about Trump’s viability.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said that Trump did nothing during the 1/6 attack but gleefully watch TV.
1/6 Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said that Thursday's 1/6 Committee hearing will focus on what Trump was doing during the insurrection.
1/6 Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said that Cassidy Hutchinson has inspired new witnesses to come forward.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger's wife received a death threat to kill the entire family, including their 5 month old baby, because he serves on the 1/6 Committee.
1/6 Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) made the big lie a question of mental capability, which is a clever way of seeing if Trump will admit that he lost.
1/6 Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said that the committee knows some things about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Transcript via CBS’s Face The Nation:
MARGARET BRENNAN: A lawyer for Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene said this week she was not a participant in the January 6th violence. She was a victim. There were text messages revealed this week in which she was discussing martial law with Mark Meadows, then chief of staff. Do you need to ask her a few questions?
REP. KINZINGER: Yeah. I mean, I’d love to ask her a few questions. We know some things. I won’t confirm or deny the text messages, of course. But let me just say this for Marjorie Taylor Greene- Greene to say she’s a victim, it’s amazing how, you know, folks like her attack everybody for being a victim. I mean, she assaulted, I think, a survivor’s family from a school shooting at some point in D.C. She stood outside a congresswoman’s office and yelled at her through a mail slot, and said she was too scared to come out and confront her. And then when Marjorie Taylor Greene is confronted, she’s all of a sudden a victim and a poor, helpless congresswoman that’s just trying to do her job. It’s insane. We want the information. Look, history is not going to judge her or people like her that are buying the big lie well. I firmly believe that.
It doesn’t matter what Greene claims to remember. Kinzinger is suggesting that the 1/6 Committee has evidence of some things that she did.
Rep. Greene better hope that the evidence doesn’t come out before the case to throw her off of the ballot is decided in Georgia. Plaintiffs in the Georgia case have already moved to use Greene’s martial law text as evidence against her.
Marjorie Taylor Greene is in a race against time, as she is trying to clear up her legal problems before more evidence comes out that could be used against her.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) called out Kevin McCarthy, GOP Putin sympathizers, and Republicans acting like children.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger suggested during an interview that it was important for the 1/6 Committee to name those who are sympathetic to Putin.
Retiring Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) admitted that his biggest regret while serving in Congress was not voting to impeach Trump the first time.
The RNC officially censured Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger by voice vote with no discussion for investigating the 1/6 attack.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was the only Republican in the House who voted to keep the U.S. from defaulting.
Representatives Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) are the only two Republicans to back censuring Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and are expected to vote for a resolution today that would take away his committee seats for posting an animated video that showed him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and attacking President Joe Biden.
That the two Republicans will vote to censure Gosar is not a surprise.
Cheney told The Associated Press last week that she supports censuring Gosar “for his continued indefensible activities.” Kinzinger, meanwhile, tweeted yesterday that the House has “to hold Members accountable who incite or glorify violence, who spread and perpetuate dangerous conspiracies.”
We have to hold Members accountable who incite or glorify violence, who spread and perpetuate dangerous conspiracies. The failure to do so will take us one step closer to this fantasized violence becoming real.⁰⁰To be clear, I’ll be voting yes on the Gosar censure resolution.
Republicans are scary, indeed. But the moderates and mainstream media members who aid and abet them, living in denial, are just as scary, if not scarier.
Speaking on CNN, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said that the Trump administration’s agreement with the Taliban to withdraw from Afghanistan set the ongoing evacuation process “up to fail.”
“Let’s keep in mind, [former Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo met with the Taliban. As Donald Trump was publicly saying, ‘We have to get out of Afghanistan at all costs. It’s not worth it,’ Mike Pompeo meets with the Taliban and tries to negotiate something,” Kinzinger said on “State of the Union.” “They set this up to fail. But always, of course, Joe Biden could have easily turned this around, and instead used it as the excuse to get out.”
Kinzinger said that “both parties have failed the American people and it can’t continue. And it particularly can’t continue with just pointing fingers while America is embarrassed in front of the world.”
You can hear Kinzinger’s remarks in the video below.
.@RepKinzinger (R-IL) calls Republican "fear-mongering" about Afghan refugees "non-American."
Kinzinger to Republicans who do this: "a) you are either evil at your heart yourself or b) you're charlatan who's only interested in winning an election…" pic.twitter.com/HRhBCcdoOa
Back in 2016, the GOP ceded the Republican party to Donald Trump and they have never gotten it back. As a result, the new faces of the party are people like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert.
A tiny percentage of Republican lawmakers have tried to push back against the Trump takeover. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney are two of those members. Both are sitting on the 1/6 panel studying the insurrection.
Kinzinger and Cheney are also facing huge blowback from their party. Earlier this week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the duo “Pelosi Republicans.” And Lauren Boebert is now calling for the two members to be banned from the Republican cloakroom.
The freshman Colorado Rep. told reporters:
“These members should not be allowed in our closed door private meetings or even the Republican cloakroom. We had important meetings yesterday in the cloakroom. I saw Kinzinger in there. Why is he able to be part of those conversations while he goes back and confers with the opposition. Both of these politicians, Kinzinger and Cheney, have worked more with Pelosi than they have with myself, my colleagues or even [minority] leader McCarthy.”
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) responded to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy‘s (R-Calif.) threat to strip Republicans who accept an offer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to serve on a commission investigating the insurrection of January 6 with four simple words: “Who gives a shit?”
The House voted largely on party lines to create the commission, with only two representatives, Kinzinger and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), voting in favor of its formation. McCarthy has decried the commission’s creation as a partisan exercise.
The committee will have eight members appointed by Pelosi and five appointed by McCarthy following a “consultation.”
Earlier this week, Pelosi confirmed that she has the authority to veto any of McCarthy’s picks, though she stopped short of confirming whether she will allow any Republican who voted not to certify President Joe Biden‘s Electoral College win on the panel.
Kinzinger, for his part, would not comment on whether he’d serve on the commission, telling reporters that
“we’ll see how this whole thing shakes out.”
Donald Trump spends most of his time at his Florida and New Jersey golf courses. This enables him to shield himself from criticism and constantly be surrounded by yes men and women.
This weekend, Trump stepped out of his comfort zone for the first time. Still, he picked an Ohio town where he would be treated like a deity. Recapping the speech last night, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger ripped into the former president.
The Illinois congressman told CNN‘s Pamela Brown, “There are a lot of people that I’ve talked to that are mad at me for just telling the truth, which used to be a pretty basic low bar. That really truly believes that Donald Trump was elected president again. What you saw yesterday was a recycling of all his old talking points. It was a rally of a loser president. He’s the first president to lose re-election in decades. And I don’t know why these folks would go there and just short of worship a loser. They did.”
“The interesting thing is he didn’t talk much about the candidate running against Anthony Gonzalez, who is a fantastic person, Anthony is. The guy running against him, at one point, Trump made it sound like he negotiated world peace in North Korea. The guy worked advance, which is really an entry-level position, not to put it down, but not negotiating with world leaders. And then he went into old recycled talking points. The problem is people believe this. They really do. And there are enough people that, frighteningly, believe he’ll be president again in August.”
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) did not mince words on the subject of Representative Matt Gaetz, who sparked significant controversy after he gave a speech urging Americans to use their Second Amendment rights.
“Four months after an insurrection at the Capitol, we’re hearing this language at another rally where so-called ‘leaders’ are stoking fears & anger and inciting violence,” Kinzinger tweeted in response to a clip of Gaetz’s speech in Georgia during a stop on his “America First” tour.
This is why we need a January 6 commission. Four months after an insurrection at the Capitol, we’re hearing this language at another rally where so-called “leaders” are stoking fears & anger and inciting violence. https://t.co/DEaKjKR9ph
Donald Trump brought a lot of new people into the Republican party. Despite losing the 2020 election, he still received the second most votes in American history.
At the same time, many have left the party because of Trump. And that includes a number of former campaign strategists. On Wednesday Nicolle Wallace talked to some of those strategists about how the GOP should move forward.
Tim Miller told the host, “People who want their political careers to keep going are willing to lie for him. Some of these are working in politics, not just voters, but voters are part of a cult now. The cognitive dissonance doesn’t really matter now any more than the cognitive dissonance of what David Koresh was telling his followers what mattered to them. “
Matthew Dowd took it a step further. “First, Adam Kinzinger, Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, all who have spoken out need to leave their caucus,” he said,. “By staying in their caucus, all they are doing is enabling the fact that the people who committed the big lie will hold power in 2022. Yeah, it’s fine to say, ‘I have a big problem with this,’ but leave the caucus. You have to leave the cult in order to disempower the cult.”
Former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd calls on Adam Kinzinger, Mitt Romney and Liz Cheney need to leave the Republican party. pic.twitter.com/Rs8Q3k9aoN
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) May 27, 2021
Marjorie Taylor Greene seems to step in a different controversy each week. But the last week has been particularly galling for the Georgia Republican. After being roundly criticized for comparing mask wearing to the Holocaust, she doubled down on those comments on Tuesday.
And Greene has left Republicans in a tight spot. Early on in her career, she was stripped of her committee assignments. At this point, there are few ways to punish her. But Adam Kinzinger, a Republican colleague, has some ideas.
The Illinois Rep. told Politico:
“You can’t stop somebody from calling themselves a Republican. What we can do as a party is take a stand and say you don’t belong in our conference. That’s what I think we should do. I think we should kick her out of the conference, prevent her from coming to conference meetings, benefiting from conference materials.”
Adam Kinzinger should be everything Republicans are looking for in a future leader of their party. He is younger than most Reps and has won 6 straight election in deep blue Illinois.
But Kinzinger has been willing to stand up to Donald Trump and that has made him somewhat of a pariah in the GOP. At least one prominent Republican, though, is willing to have his back. Paul Ryan, formerly a vice presidential candidate and House Speaker will appear at a fundraiser for the Illinois lawmaker.
Trump and Ryan have been at each other’s throats for years. Ryan said of the former president in 2019, “
We’ve gotten so numbed by it all. Not in government, but where we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Republican congresspeople got the chance to again issue judgement on Donald Trump. Earlier this year, only 10 GOP house members voted to impeach Donald Trump. This time around, they were voting on whether or not there would be a commission to look into the lead up to the January 6th insurrection.
35 Republican congresspeople decided to vote for the inquiry. 175 decided to back the former president. When asked about the vote, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said that many of his colleagues still live in fear of Donald Trump.
Kinzinger praised the members who voted for a commission, saying, “I think it’s an easy vote. We need answers. We need to take ownership of what was done, what led to it. This was an attack on our democracy and an attack on the number 2, 3, 4 person in line of secession for the presidency. It was the right vote. I’m pleased by the number of my colleagues that voted so far. I wish it was significantly higher. But I think, given all of the people that came out against it, it’s a positive number.”
Adam Kinzinger told Wolf Blitzer that his GOP colleagues are still scared of Trump tweets even though he doesn't have access to Twitter anymore. pic.twitter.com/oFdSaIZJL1
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa)
May 20, 2021
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) criticized Republicans who have attempted to rewrite the history of the January 6 storming of the United States Capitol, likening the gaslighting of the event to something “out of North Korea.”
“When I saw my colleagues speak, you know, it feels like it’s in a 1984 — something you see out of North Korea, where it’s like ‘we’re just going to state whatever we want the reality to be,” Kinzinger told co-host Sunny Hostin, who asked him for his reaction to bodycam footage showing rioters attacking Capitol Police officer Michael Fanone.
“I was there on Jan. 6. This was a real insurrection. This was an insurrection of people that thought they were doing Trump’s bidding at the behest of Trump. Not just on that day but in the days leading up to that, with the narrative of a stolen election,” he added.
Kinzinger called on members of his party to be accountable for the insurrection.
“Jan. 6 was real and as a party, we have to take ownership of that, recognize what led to that, so that we don’t do that again. This isn’t 10 years ago, this was four months ago. So the idea of ‘oh let’s just move on,’ I agree let’s move on after we take a full accounting of how we got here and how never to get to this position again,” he said.
“This was a real insurrection.”
Rep. Kinzinger on Rep. Clyde comparing mob storming the Capitol to “normal tourist visit”: “The idea of ‘let’s just move on,’ I agree — let’s move on after we take a full accounting of how we got here and how never to get to this position again.” pic.twitter.com/rdBqrn1mas
Writing on Twitter, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) says he warned House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) that his support for efforts by conservatives to challenge the results of the 2020 general election would lead to violence, but that McCarthy ignored and brushed aside his concerns.
“A few days before Jan 6, our GOP members had a conference call. I told Kevin that his words and our party’s actions would lead to violence on January 6th,” Kinzinger wrote. “Kevin dismissively responded with ‘ok Adam, operator next question.’ And we got violence.”
A few days before Jan 6, our GOP members had a conference call. I told Kevin that his words and our party’s actions would lead to violence on January 6th. Kevin dismissively responded with “ok Adam, operator next question.” And we got violence.
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and his team have raised $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2021. The amount is split evenly between the congressman’s re-election fund and an anti-Trump PAC he formed earlier this year.
Kinzinger, who is bound to face several opponents eager to unseat him following his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection against
Over the last few months, Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson has become one of the most talked about lawmakers in America. He recently said that he won’t be getting the COVID-19 vaccine because he already has the illness.
But more striking has been his attempts to gaslight people on the January 6th insurrection. The Wisconsin senator recently claimed that he wasn’t afraid for his life during the event because the rioters weren’t from Antifa or Black Lives Matter.
During a recent interview on CNN, Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger blasted Johnson, saying “history won’t smile well on him.”
Host Wolf Blitzer said to the Illinois lawmaker, “He’s drawing a lot of condemnation for these comments.”
Kinzinger replied, “To me it seems like it certainly has a racial connotation, but most importantly I think it shows it’s just tribalism. Everybody is going into their tribes and what the senator seems to be saying is, ‘You know, if it’s my tribe that was attacking the Capitol, I felt fine with it.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger rips into his fellow Republican Ron Johnson over his racism and gaslighting attempts. pic.twitter.com/xLtJgmIE8b
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) March 15, 2021
The GOP Rep. continued:
“I condemned the riots of the summer. I don’t understand the equivalency of it. You can both condemn the violence over the summer but then also condemn what happened on January 6th, and recognize there really is no comparison because January 6th was a threat to the institution of democracy. I don’t know why people like Senator Johnson are insistent on going back and saying it really wasn’t that big of a deal. It’s a rewrite of history that frankly is not going to smile well on him in the history of time.”
In mid-January, only 10 Republican congresspeople were willing to vote to impeach Donald Trump. All of them have taken heat from their parties. Many have been censured by their state GOP’s.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger not only voted to impeach Trump, he’s been a consistent critic of the former president since the November election. In addition to facing censure from the Illinois GOP, he’s also felt heat from his own family.
Kinzinger told the New York Times about a letter sent to him by some family members. “Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God!… You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name,” it read.
In action section, family members wrote, “You should be very proud that you have lost the respect of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Greg Kelly, etc., and most importantly in our book, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh and us!”
The GOP congressman doesn’t seem to be moved at all by the letter. He recently said of the response to his vote, “
I understand there is going to be backlash when you make a decision like that. I felt backlash from family. I felt backlash from friends. I felt backlash from constituents. If I would have voted against impeachment, I would have regretted it forever. … I’m at total peace. I have zero regrets whatsoever.”
In an interview with the CNN podcast “The Axe Files,” Representative Adam Kinzinger defended his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Capitol insurrection. He says he knew that doing so could likely cost him his seat in the House given the partisan political climate.
“I did it knowing full well it could very well be terminal to my career,” he said. “But I also knew that I couldn’t live with myself having, you know, try to just protect it and just felt like the one time I was called to do a really tough duty, I didn’t do it.”
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) was the first Republican to come out in support of a resolution to compel former Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment after former President Donald Trump incited the Capitol insurrection. He says he knows it has damaged his future career prospects.
“The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you’re already dead,” he told The Washington Post, quoting a scene from the HBO World War II series Band of Brothers.
“I’m willing to blow this whole thing out of the water at all times,” he said of his career in politics, noting that since he voiced support for holding the former president accountable, he has “felt very isolated in my party. Very isolated and very lonely.”
Very few people know what the Republican party will look like when Donald Trump is gone. At this point, few seem willing to protect the GOP and its rightward surge. This was on display earlier this week when the President disavowed conspiracy theorist group, QAnon.
Like most times Trump finds himself in a controversy, there were very few Republicans willing to speak out about the issue. Two GOP congresspeople, however, came out strongly agaisnt QAnon in a rebuke to Trump.
QAnon has come into the general political consciousness thanks to supporters of the movement winning Republican nomination races. Marjorie Greene, in Georgia’s 14th District, is likely to become America’s first QAnon supporting congressperson.
Adam Kinzinger, a lawmaker from Illinois, is regularly willing to rebut Trump. Tagging the President in his tweet, he wrote, “Here is a reminder of QAnon’s track record, this is the first ‘drop’ that shows all the ‘insider knowledge.’ Let’s be clear, Complete BS. Whoever wrote this does not “love our country” they seek to mislead and destroy it.”
Here is a reminder of QAnon’s track record, this is the first “drop” that shows all the “insider knowledge.” Let’s be clear, Complete BS. Whoever wrote this does not “love our country” they seek to mislead and destroy it, @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/1zTlQLshKE
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is calling on the Senate to refuse to seat or expel Roy Moore if he wins the special Senate election in Alabama.