Kinzinger Roasts Kevin McCarthy For Being A Traitor To Democracy

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) recently announced that he would not be running for re-election, but he is sticking by his beliefs as what will be his final term draws to a close. Kinzinger is one of the few Republicans in Congress willing to make any kind of stand against Trump and Trumpism at large, which extends to House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has stuck closely by the former president even after initially blaming him for the January attack on the Capitol. This week, Kinzinger denounced McCarthy for having told what he described as a “complete lie” about his political ambitions.

McCarthy claimed to CNN reporter Melanie Zanona regarding Kinzinger that “during the Trump administration, no one called me more for a job,” with that allegedly sought-after job apparently to be had within the Trump administration itself. McCarthy said, for instance, that Kinzinger wanted to become the Secretary of the Air Force in the Trump administration — but Kinzinger disputes this characterization. As he put it on Twitter, referencing McCarthy’s claim:

‘Complete lie. Standard nowadays in the trump/McCarthy playbook.’

Kinzinger is on the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, which could have its work undercut by a Republican takeover of Congress in 2022, should such a scenario unfold. In the meantime, that panel has apparently amassed a startling quantity of testimony: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who is also on the committee, has revealed that the committee has heard from over 150 witnesses already, with more testimony forthcoming. The full list of those who’ve spoken with the committee was not immediately clear, but the panel has been after information from individuals with firsthand knowledge of the lead-up to the January 6 Capitol assault. That includes some of those who helped put together the Women for America First rally in D.C. on the 6th, where Trump himself delivered remarks.