Adam Kinzinger Goes After GOP Colleagues For Betraying America

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This week, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who is one of just two Republicans on the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, spoke out in defense of the officers who responded to that riot, and he thereby went against the prominent Republicans who’ve derided the officers. The law enforcement personnel who were involved in the response to the rampaging Trump supporters who gathered at the Capitol that day faced serious threats and could have lost their lives — but these sobering facts haven’t stopped certain high-profile conservatives, like Fox News host Laura Ingraham, from mocking the officers.

Alongside an image of a new cover from Time Magazine featuring D.C. officer Michael Fanone, who was among the officers at the Capitol on January 6, Kinzinger — who himself has years of experience in the military and still serves as an officer — posted as follows:

‘I have seen some on the right who’ve never served a day in their life- attack these officers for their courage, or see their tears as weakness. There is more strength in these men than all our politicians combined.’

After a recent hearing of the House committee investigating the riot, Ingraham handed out mock awards to the officers who testified, and she derisively described what took place as a “performance.” One of the officers, Sgt. Aquilino Gonell of the U.S. Capitol Police, described during the hearing how he was crushed by rioters to the point that he thought he would be trampled to death — and still, Ingraham continued with this nonsense. Is basic human decency such a foreign concept to her? Prior to that recent hearing, Fox News host Tucker Carlson joined in the derision, calling Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn an “angry left-wing political activist” — which is disgraceful and ridiculous. The fact that Dunn, like millions of other Americans, maintains personal views regarding social and political issues neither makes him an “angry activist” nor somehow disqualifies him from speaking out.

At the Capitol, supporters of then-President Trump violently assaulted scores of officers. Fanone, for instance — who also testified at that hearing, alongside Gonell, Dunn, and D.C. officer Daniel Hodges — was beaten and repeatedly tased, and he suffered a heart attack in connection to the violence perpetrated against him. Comparing the events of January 6 to a “normal tourist visit,” as Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) did, is appallingly out-of-touch with the facts.