A Republican from Illinois that openly dislikes the former president was outraged after residents described him as an evil pawn.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is defying a growing chorus of voters, who believe the congressman should stop supporting the Democratic Party-led impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
Kinzinger revealed he lost a lot of support in Illinois’s 16th congressional district after he controversially voted to remove his former Republican leader from office.
“Look it is really difficult, I mean, all of a sudden imagine everybody that supported you, or so it seems that way, your friends, your family, has turned against you,” he said in a video shared on YouTube.
The Republican complained about being portrayed as a traitor to his political party and puppet controlled by the king of the underworld.
“They think you are selling out,” Kinzinger said. “I mean I have gotten a letter, a certified letter, twice from the same people, disowning me and claiming I am possessed by the devil.”
Kinzinger admitted he felt very disillusioned throughout the Trump administration’s first term in office, and believes he is not the only politician seriously re-evaluating his GOP membership.
“Let us take a look at the last four years, how far we have come in a bad way, how backward-looking we are, how much we pedal darkness and division,” Kinzinger said. “That is not the party that I ever signed up for and I think most Republicans did not sign up for that.”
He believes the party still relies too much on former President Trump’s enduring popularity among voters.
“I was disappointed over the last few weeks to see what seemed like the Republican Party waking up and then kind of falling asleep again,” Kinzinger said. “[They are] saying, ‘Well, you know, what matters if we can win in two years and we do not want to tick off the base’ … I think the Republican Party has lost its moral authority in a lot of areas.”
To counter this, he launched the Country 1st website to try to convince other GOP members to adopt more left-leaning policies like offering equal opportunities to all Americans regardless of their social status.
“I think we have to remind people again that the kid that is born in the inner-city should have the same opportunity as the kid born in the richest suburb,” Kinzinger said. “That is what we are standing for and this is an opportunity to join the belief of putting the country over party.”