Donald Trump just will not go away. We impeach him, but there he is. We ignore him, he is still there. We send him a “Dear Donald” letter, which he does not (cannot?) read, but he likes our stationery. We impeach him again, but no luck. We tell him the gang is all meeting up at McDonald’s, but we really meet up at Sonic. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) knows exactly how we feel. He brought a gun to work on January 6.
He was “one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach the former president for his role in the 1/6 failed coup at our symbol of Democracy, our domed Capitol Building, according to Yahoo News.
Then, we discovered that the representative believed that some members of Congress not only knew about the upcoming insurrection. They may have participated.
The New York Times Magazine columnist, David Marchese, interviewed the Illinois congressman.
Kinzinger did not give him any names, but he suggested people look at Twitter for the big clues:
‘I won’t name names, but yes, I do have that suspicion. I will say, if you just looked at Twitter — the whole reason I brought my gun and kept my staff home and told my wife to stay in the apartment was looking at Twitter. I saw the threats.’
Then, Kinzinger decided to name one of his suspected participants after all:
‘When Lauren Boebert — I will call her out by name — tweeted “Today is 1776,” I don’t know what that meant other than this is the time for revolution. Maybe it was a dumb tweet that she didn’t mean. Fine. I’ll give her that credit for now. But if you have members of Congress who were involved in nurturing an insurrection, heck yeah, we need to know.’
Then, Marchese asked whether he ever talked policy with some of his most radical “performative” colleagues, Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), or Matt Gaetz (R-FL). Kinzinger replied:
‘No, not those. Marjorie Taylor Greene, I give her credit for probably achieving what she intended to achieve, which is: I don’t care about the damage I’m doing.’
‘I want to be famous and raise money. Congratulations. That’s not a serious legislator. She’s not on committees. She’s a freshman.’
Then, the columnist asked the congressman whether he thought Trump started the problems in the party or was merely a symptom. Kinzinger responded:
‘The best analogy I can give: He’s like a gangrenous limb. But then that limb gets cut off, and now you don’t have a leg. He’s a symptom of what probably was about a quarter of the party that was always kind of conspiracy-driven but was generally suppressed by most normal Republicans.’
‘But everybody has fear in their heart, and when somebody, especially somebody in authority, speaks to the darkest parts of your heart, your fears, your racism — it gives you permission to let those things overtake you. That’s what happened with a lot of the rest of the party.’
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