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Kinzinger on fight with Trump: ‘Yeah, he won. In the short term at least.’

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), one of two Republicans on the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, said in a new interview with WGN-TV that he believes former President Trump has won their short-term battle over the soul of the GOP. Asked in the exclusive interview if the former president…



Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Illinois) recently told WGN-TV that he thinks former President Trump has won their short-term battle over the soul of the GOP. Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the House panel investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The Illinois Republican was asked in an exclusive interview whether the former president had won the “Trump vs. Kinzinger war,” and he reportedly said there was no need to sugarcoat the situation.

Sure enough, he came out on top. Kinzinger, one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, told WGN’s Ben Bradley that Trump’s presidency would be “stable, at least for the time being. There’s no point in acting like I won a major battle and rescued the party when I didn’t.

After redistricting made it more difficult for him to run for reelection, Kinzinger has decided to leave Congress at the end of the year.

The majority of the ten Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Trump are leaving office or were defeated in the primaries. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), who co-moderated the Jan. 6 panel with Kinzinger, has a primary on Tuesday.

Kinzinger said in an interview with WGN (which, like The Hill, is owned by Nexstar Media Group) that he did not anticipate having so few allies within his party if he opposed Trump.

To paraphrase, “I certainly didn’t think I’d be alone.” “Maybe there wasn’t going to be a tidal wave of people to come over,” he said. We’re openly violating the Constitution, despite all the talk of democracy (especially among Republicans).

Kinzinger voted for Trump in the most recent presidential election and claims to be “the only person in America that didn’t vote for him in 2016 and did it ’20.” He now sees voting for Trump as a “cowardice move” he deeply regrets making.

He felt he had to pay a penalty because people at the events he went to remembered that he had not voted for Trump in 2016. He explained that he made up his mind to vote for Trump in 2020 despite his feelings of isolation by knowing that Trump would lose the heavily Democratic state of Illinois.

But he claimed that if he could change the past, he would not repeat the same actions.

Kinzinger has also blasted Democrats for the ways in which some within the party have worked to discredit moderate Republicans who oppose Trump.

As the primaries for the 2022 midterm elections progress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent millions of dollars on ads promoting Trump-backed candidates in swing districts. The committee believes the Democratic nominees will have an easier time of it against Trump-backed candidates come November.

Earlier this month, Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Michigan) lost his party’s primary for reelection despite having also voted to impeach Trump. His opponent John Gibbs, who was backed by Trump, was the target of Democratic ads.

There have been similar outcomes in states like Illinois, where Trump supporter Darren Bailey won the Republican primary in June.

It’s “a little frustrating,” Kinzinger told Bradley, “when they’re spending donor money to promote these candidates that don’t believe in democracy and then come and tell me ‘Where have all the good Republicans gone?’ “

Since 2011, Kinzinger has been a member of Congress. As he explained to Bradley, he could “come back” if people “woke up.”

In spite of this, he stressed the importance of instilling in his son a sense of pride in the family name whenever the topic of this era was discussed.

He predicted that his son would one day be proud to call the Kinzinger name his own. I wouldn’t wish being in the position of my many coworkers who cannot say the same on themselves.

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