Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) went on “Meet The Press” on Sunday to claim that he’s been a Republican “far longer than” former President Donald Trump, adding that he’s not going to “let him come in and hijack my party.”
“How long do you fight to stay a member of a club or reform a club that doesn’t want you?” asked anchor Chuck Todd. “I’m referring to the Republican Party.”
Kinzinger Sounds Off
“Look, I’ve been a Republican far longer than Donald Trump has, and I’m not going to let him come in and hijack my party and turn it into something that great people like Ronald Reagan and George W. and George H.W. Bush and all the great leaders back didn’t want it to be,” Kinzinger replied. “I’m not going to let Donald Trump win at that. That’s what the fight is about. I believe in what we used to believe in with 21st-century solutions, though.”
“I think a lot of it is just an overload of information for people,” he added. “So instead of kind of working through that information, a lot of people have just chosen when venue, what people, what personalities they trust and put their faith in it, I think similar to Donald Trump.”
“I think people have to take responsibility for their own ability to work through misinformation, to remember what the Constitution is about, to be okay with losing power for a little bit, and let that actually reaffirm that you have to go out and win a next generation of conservatives,” Kinzinger continued.
“Right now, again, we’re sitting here with Donald Trump throwing up all the smokescreen of four months ago,” he concluded. “We want to move on. It’s hard to do when he keeps bringing it back to a stolen election which, of course, wasn’t true.”
Kinzinger Asked About Republicans And Trump
Kinzinger was also asked why the Republican Party could not embrace Trump’s election claims.
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“Well it’s two things. Number one, Trump set the table. He’s the one that continually brings up a stolen election narrative,” Kinzinger said. “He’s the one that has convinced, members of Congress, including what we saw a few days ago, to have a hearing on January 6th and claimed that this was nothing but a tourist group, or that it was hugs and kisses.”
“You cannot on the one hand say that Donald Trump is a leader or the leader of the Republican Party — which I believe he is the leader of the Republican Party right now because Kevin McCarthy gave him his leadership card,” he continued. “You can’t say he’s the leader and then say we have to move on. I would love to move on, Chuck.”
WATCH: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) says he would “love to move on” from former President Trump, but Kevin McCarthy “gave [Trump] his leadership card.”@RepKinzinger: “Trump set the table, he’s the one continually brining up stolen-election narrative.” pic.twitter.com/LH2Wtkd1lC
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) May 16, 2021
This piece was written by James Samson on May 16, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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