Adam Kinzinger Rallies Americans Against Trump After He Incites Violence

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Adam Kinzinger, the former GOP Congressman from Illinois who distinguished himself among nationally visible Republicans with his willingness to break with Trump on the reality of the 2020 presidential election, spoke out on Twitter again this week about the threats Donald poses.

Some of the recent posts from Trump on his knock-off social media site Truth Social have targeted Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who has been conducting an investigation into the ex-president and could soon bring criminal charges over a years-old scheme to illegally provide hush money to a woman known as Stormy Daniels covering an affair she allegedly had with Trump. The funds were provided before the 2016 election, and federal prosecutors already concluded in a different case that the money violated limits on contributions that can be given to campaigns, which don’t only take the form of direct cash donations. In one post, Trump included an image (that was attached to an article) of himself holding a baseball bat next to a photo of Bragg. Elsewhere, he talked about “death and destruction” accompanying a prospective indictment, should it drop.

“A former President threatened “death and destruction” while posting a picture of himself with a bat, next to a government official who is investigating him,” Kinzinger said on Friday. “This is not normal, not ok, and there is NO excuse for any Republican to take a pass on commenting. @SpeakerMcCarthy.” Although some questions have been raised about the legitimacy of the metrics, Kinzinger’s tweet had purportedly been viewed over one and a half million times in under a day. Continuing to lead in many surveys of the GOP primary race and enjoying persistent support from established Republican officials, Trump could very well be the party’s next nominee for president, even as he also expresses continuing allegiance to the Capitol rioters.