Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois takes aim at Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, accusing the parliamentary minority leader of not being honest with Americans.
“I think Kevin failed to tell the truth,” Kinzinger said Sunday in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
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Kinzinger was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in January to impeach then-President Trump for inciting the deadly January 6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists aimed at disrupting certification by the Congress of President Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump. And the Conservative lawmaker first elected to Congress in the 2010 Tea Party wave was one of 35 House Republicans who last week resisted the party leadership and voted in favor of a commission of January 6 to investigate the attack on the Capitol.
McCarthy last week announced his opposition to the commission’s formation and worked with House GOP leadership to limit the number of defections when the full chamber voted on the issue on Wednesday. While 35 Republicans supported the inquiry, the vast majority of the 212 GOP conference members opposed the move.
Kinzinger accused McCarthy of “failing to tell the Republicans and the American people the truth and it pains me to say it and it’s not like I like to stand up and say that.”
He noted that a significant number of the 74 million people who voted for Trump “believe the election was stolen, believe it because their leaders did not tell them otherwise. People they trust have either kept silent or did not tell them the truth. “
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Trump’s voice critic pointed to McCarthy’s initial finger pointing at the then president in the days following the capture of the Capitol, before the House GOP leader met Trump in Florida shortly after the inauguration by Biden.
Kinzinger argued that “this is where Kevin failed because he told the truth on January 13, something at the time. And then he went to Mar-a-Lago and said that Donald Trump was the leader of the party. He’s right, Donald Trump is the leader of the party, but we have to tell people the truth. “
He also pointed out that the opposition of most Congressional Republicans to the commission could have a negative impact on the GOP in the 2022 midterm elections, when the party aims to win back lost majorities both at the time. House and Senate.
“I think it will go until 2022 and we will look like we are sitting here denying the reality and the facts,” Kinzinger worried.
The former president has pledged to support the main challenges against Kinzinger and other Republicans who voted to impeach him in the House and convict him in the Senate. Kinzinger is already facing a main challenger.
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But the Air Force veteran and current Air National Guard Lt. Col., who flew two missions in the Iraq war, saw his fundraising increase in the first three months of this year as he was facing Trump’s wrath.
Fox News confirmed on Sunday that former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan would head a fundraiser for Kinzinger on Monday.