It’s been interesting to watch the Republican Party, many of whom downplayed a virus that has killed more than 600,000 Americans and over four million people worldwide, suddenly express their concern for human life in Afghanistan when it benefits them politically to do so. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL 16th district), who has famously criticized his own party for their stances on COVID-19 and, more famously, the January 6 insurrection inspired by former President Trump, called those colleagues out on that concern on Twitter.
While Kinzinger held Biden to account for sticking to Trump’s plan when he didn’t others, although none of the others were made in agreement with the Taliban and most wouldn’t have sparked more armed conflict for our soldiers if the terms of those agreements hadn’t been met, he also refused to stand in lockstep with the leader of the Republican Party, making him at least more insightful than most members of his party.
While Kinzinger’s Republican colleagues are split into two camps – there are those who agree with everything Trump says, at least publicly, and there are those who just do their best to stay out of the limelight and stay silent rather than challenging him and risk losing their base of voters – he has at least been willing to offer a common sense perspective on some major issues. It’s a shame that his GOP colleagues can’t even go that far, and that Kinzinger remains an outlier for doing so.
Twitter had a lot of opinions on Kinzinger’s posts. Read some of their colleagues below: