Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Hacked into his Republican counterparts on Sunday, calling them willing participants in a “party of lies, conspiracy, dishonesty.” announcement on Friday that he will not run for re-election next year.
“You can fight cancer in Republican Party lies, conspiracies, dishonesty, and in the end you come to the realization that it’s basically me, [Rep.] Liz Cheney [R-Wyo.], and a few others who are telling the truth, and there are about 190 people in the Republican Party who will not say a word, “Kinzinger said in an interview with “This Week” ABC News.
“I have not seen any impetus in the party to move away from lies to the truth,” he added.
A six-term Republican would face a tough battle if he ran again for a congressional transformation in his country, leading him to face representative Darin LaHood, who strongly supports Trump. Kinzinger acknowledged that his decision not to run for re-election was “potentially” Trump’s victory, but not the one that “was my decision”.
“It doesn’t give Donald Trump so much victory as a carcinogenic kind of lie and conspiracy, no longer just a wing, but the main argument of the Republican Party,” Kinzinger said. “It’s not, you know, the 10 of us who voted for the indictment [Trump]. It’s not up to me and Liz Cheney to save the Republican Party. It’s about 190 Republicans who haven’t said a word about it, and they’re putting their heads in the sand and hoping someone else will come and do something. “
Trump immediately celebrated Kinzinger’s announcement that he would not run, saying, “2 down, 8 forward!” obviously refers to 10 Republicans who voted for his indictment.
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), one of those 10, is seemingly the second person Trump has referred to since Gonzalez announced last month that he would not run for re-election. Gonzalez would face a similarly challenging match against a Trump-backed candidate.
Kinzinger has so far been somewhat vague about his plans when his term expires, announcing only the establishment of his Country First PAC to help other GOP candidates who voted for Trump’s accusation.
On Sunday, he insisted that his political career does not end, but “begins”.