Adam Kinzinger Calls His Former GOP Allies Cowards

( – Former House Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) accused conservative Republicans of “cowardice” for supporting former President Donald Trump. In comments he gave to PBS’s “NewsHour” on Wednesday, November 1st, Kinzinger had yet another opportunity to express his disdain for Trump and his supporters.

He suggested that folks fear Trump and his wide-reaching social and political influence, fear being kicked out of his “tribe” and fear the loss of an identity. Kinzinger said that standing up to Trump would earn the offender exile from the Republican party, despite Trump having many Republican adversaries in Congress including minority leadership in the Senate.

Kinzinger complained a day prior that family members had disowned him. Kinzinger retired from public office in 2022. During his time in office, he was a vocal and critical Republican voice against Trump. He said he has received death threats against himself and his family for some of his public policy positions opposing Trump. He reported getting threatening phone calls and nasty messages.

Kinzinger announced his decision to retire after the Illinois legislature redrew the election map setting up a primary challenge between him and Rep. Darin LaHood, a Trump ally.

Kinzinger said he wanted to take the fight nationwide and could better do so without seeking reelection.

The reality is Kinzinger’s reelection chances were extremely slim given his popularity in the new district and Kinzinger’s tarred public image.

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) said that he “liked Adam,” but that his policy opinions and objectives don’t fit with current conservative politics, especially considering the problem with the younger generations’ ideology sliding further and further left.

Kinzinger is a war hawk who was aligned with establishment Republicans on supporting the Ukrainian war effort. In October 2022, he went so far as to claim a lack of continued financial support was aiding the enemy. He had the most mentions of Ukraine, Russia, and Putin more than any other congressman, according to a report by Axios. He was also mocked for crying during his opening remarks in Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th Committee.

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