In addition to facing relentless attacks from Democrats, former President Donald Trump also had to contend with fierce opposition from a small number of lawmakers within his own party.
That number is about to shrink, however, as Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of the president’s most vocal critics within the Republican Party, has just announced his resignation. According to the Daily Caller, Kinzinger revealed in a video statement on Friday that he will not be seeking reelection in 2022.
Looking forward to the next chapter! pic.twitter.com/SvdFCVtrlE
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) October 29, 2021
The anti-Trump club
As the Daily Caller noted, Kinzinger was among a group of 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach former President Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“I stand in awe at the courage of the other nine members in the House who voted to impeach a president of their own party, knowing it could be detrimental to their political career,” the Illinois Republican said at the time.
Kinzinger attacks GOP
The retiring lawmaker also took veiled shots at those who lead the Republican Party, saying, “My disappointment in the leaders that don’t lead is huge.”
“Our political parties only survive by appealing to the most motivated and the extreme elements within it,” Kinzinger continued. “The price tag to power has skyrocketed. And fear and distrust has served as an effective strategy to meet that cost.”
“Dehumanizing each other has become the norm,” Kinzinger went on to declare, adding, “We’ve taken it from social media to the streets.”
He added: “We’ve allowed leaders to reach power selling the false premise that strength comes from degrading others and dehumanizing those that look, act, or think differently than we do.”
Not lacking dramatics, Kinzinger went on to slam other Republicans, saying, “As a country, we’ve fallen for those lies, and now we face a poisoned country filled with outrage blinding our ability to reach real strength.”
Notably, Kinzinger has spent far less time over the past year criticizing Democrats for their support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. As Fox News reported, riots linked to the BLM movement resulted in 18 deaths, and an estimated $2 billion in damages, which isn’t much of a concern for Kinzinger or other anti-Trump Republicans.
What’s more, the network reported that in 2020, then vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris supported a fund that bailed out rioters, with one of its beneficiaries having since been charged with murder.