Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who will soon be leaving Congressional service but is seemingly remaining closely involved in politics, had harsh words for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) during an appearance on CNN this Sunday morning.
Greene recently won re-election to her seat after both legal challenges to her eligibility for office because of her connections to what happened at the Capitol last January and a general election challenge from Democratic veteran Marcus Flowers. Kinzinger is leaving Congress because he opted against seeking re-election. In Kinzinger’s district, a Republican recently won the seat by a large margin in the race to replace him. (That Republican was an already serving Congressman from another district whose jurisdiction was eliminated after the census because of declining Illinois population.)
Asked Sunday about his take on Greene’s insistence Republicans wouldn’t be approving further aid for Ukraine and his potential concerns about her increased profile in a newly GOP-controlled House, Kinzinger told host Jake Tapper: “She will be newly empowered. The fact that she’s supporting Kevin McCarthy means that he’s made a lot of promises to her… Look, when you’re her — she’s a millionaire — you’ve never sacrificed for a thing in your life, you’ve never served anything but yourself and your own goals, I can’t expect her to understand what it means to actually defend democracy physically. She can pretend like she knows all she wants. She obviously doesn’t. So I think it’s going to be a tough fight for Ukraine. I think there’s still strong bipartisan support, but I would not be surprised if Kevin McCarthy has to cut deals with Democrats.” Kinzinger suggested that McCarthy would have great difficulty in assembling a majority of votes in the chamber in his favor with the extremely thin GOP majority expected in January. Watch Kinzinger’s comments below:
Kinzinger on Marjorie Taylor Greene: "Look, when you're her — she's a millionaire — you have never sacrificed for a thing in your life, you have never served anything but yourself and your own goals, I can't expect her to understand what it means to actually defend democracy." pic.twitter.com/3zQCHVpup3
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Although Trump likes to dunk on figures like Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who is also leaving Congress after a defeat in the primaries, his own picks for office don’t have an impeccable record. In the midterms, Trump-aligned candidates for Senate or governor lost in Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania (besides less competitive states like Maryland and Massachusetts).