Adam Kinzinger Publicly Embarrasses Matt Gaetz During Weekend Tweets

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) doesn’t appear particularly fazed by criticism that he’s been facing from fellow Republicans over his opposition to some of Donald Trump’s most destructive tendencies. Kinzinger, along with comparatively few other Republicans in Congress, has taken the simple stance that inciting an attack on the U.S. Capitol, with those attackers trying to stop the certification of a democratically decided presidential election outcome, is bad — and for that, he’s become somewhat of a pariah in official Republican circles. On Twitter this weekend, Kinzinger challenged critics including ex-Fox host Lou Dobbs and a pair of platform users who ranted about his supposed betrayals.

In a video-taped conversation with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) — which is rarely how a promising set-up begins — Dobbs said that Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), another Congressional Republican who’s taken positions similar to Kinzinger, should not be in the Republican Party. Dobbs isn’t the only one saying such a thing; recently, Republican National Committee (RNC) officials approved a censure resolution targeting Kinzinger and Cheney for their work on the House committee investigating the Capitol riot that stated that the “Republican National Committee… shall immediately cease any and all support of them as members of the Republican Party for their behavior which has been destructive to the institution of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Republican Party and our republic, and is inconsistent with the position of the Conference.” Kinzinger replied to Dobbs saying he and Cheney shouldn’t be in the GOP as follows:

‘Ya. But we are. And I think that in the future, people like you will be kicked out of the room, and told to never come back.’

In a later reply to a Twitter commenter who derisively noted that members of Kinzinger’s family expressed opposition to him, Kinzinger chimed in to note, ‘Yep, well it was my extended family. And that made it especially worth the fight. When they said I “joined the devils army” and “lost the trust of Marc [Levin],” I knew the brainwashing was deep. Motivated me even more.’ In a reply to another post that complained about Kinzinger’s votes to impeach Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection after the January riot and to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from her committee spots in the House after it came out that she’d previously expressed apparent support for executing top Democrats, the Congressman said that “Both were votes I’m very proud of.” It is difficult, if not impossible, to have meaningful policy discussions with Republicans who, unlike Kinzinger, have opted to essentially define themselves by cultish devotion to Trump. The Republicans who’ve taken the stance opposite to Kinzinger consistently stand poised to cripple the operations of government.

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