Trumpism” in the pulpit and avoiding discussions of how poisonous political tribalism has become.
According to Kinzinger, criticizing Trump, “even though he is obviously quite flawed,” is tantamount to “criticizing Jesus, against their Christian values.” It’s a violation of who they are at their core when their religion is attacked.
The six-term Illinois Republican once called Trump a threat to democracy for his repeated claims that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” or “stolen,” despite having been disproven time and time again by the courts, independent state reviews, and even members of Trump’s own administration.
Last week, Kinzinger, who isn’t seeking reelection, said that Trump had succeeded in maintaining his “creepy” hold over the party.
This past Tuesday, he shared with Wagner, “I’ve been kicked out of my tribe, and that’s OK.”
Wyoming’s Republican primary election on Tuesday night was seen as another test of the former president’s hold on the party. Harriet Hageman, who had been endorsed by Trump, defeated Cheney.
After the January 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol, Cheney joined a small group of Republican senators in voting to impeach Trump. Since then, she and Kinzinger have been the only two Republican representatives on a House committee looking into the Capitol Hill shooting and any possible connections to Trump’s efforts to delay the 2020 presidential election’s certification.
Trump has been asked for comment by Newsweek.
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