Republican Adam Kinzinger: ‘Insane’ Trump Has Made GOP ‘Unrecognizable’
'What has changed is the use of conspiracy'
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has blasted President Donald Trump as “basically insane,” accusing him of making the GOP “unrecognizable.”
In the wake of the 2020 presidential election and January 6, Kinzinger became of one Trump’s harshest critics.
Although Kinzinger voted for Trump in 2020, he slammed the former president, accusing him of "spreading lies" and “inciting his supporters to carry out the assault” on the Capitol.
During an interview with MSNBC, Kinzinger was asked if he recognized the Republican Party.
“No, I don’t,” he responded.
“What has changed is the use of conspiracy, the absolute lack of courage to call it out, the fear that permeates leaders of the Republican Party against a man [Trump] that is basically insane,” he said.
“You know, sending out press releases from Mar-a-Lago,” Kinzinger continued.
“It’s unrecognizable, and it’s sad because the Republican Party will exist, and it’s a major political party in the United States.
"We need conservative voices out there as well.”
The GOP congressman added that his party has “lost, in lot of people’s minds, any credibility.”
Kinzinger said it will take “a lot of time to get it back.”
Kinzinger voted to impeach Trump for supposedly “inciting” his supporters to storm the Capitol, even though Trump urged them to remain peaceful.
Both Kinzinger and Liz Cheney of Wyoming are two Republicans serving on the House Select Committee "investigating" the January 6 riot.
Cheney has repeatedly condemned Trump and fellow Republicans for supporting him.
In a statement last year, Cheney blamed then-President Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 riot and accused him of encouraging the protesters.
Cheney said Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.”
Cheney’s quote was read aloud by Judy Woodruff of PBS before asking Harris whether the lawmaker was correct in her statement.
The Chicago Tribune reported Kinzinger said he will forego a bid for U.S. Senate or Illinois governor to focus on the fight against Trump’s influence over the GOP.
“This time last year, I hoped victory would come in a matter of months. Now I see it will take years,” the six-term lawmaker from Channahon said.
“That’s why I’m transitioning from serving just one corner of Illinois into fighting this new nationwide mission full time,” he said.