A Republican from Illinois wants GOP leaders to suffer for their stance on the Jan. 6 anniversary.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger believes the Republican National Committee (RNC) should pay for censuring him and fellow Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) The pair were widely criticized for helping House Democrats blame former President Donald Trump for the 2020 Capitol riots.
“The censure of Liz [Cheney] and I was a bridge that went way too far by the RNC,” he said in a video shared on YouTube.
“Wait, hold on a second, Donald Trump literally just admitted to a coup attempt and you are going to turn your fire on Liz and Adam?” he added.
Kinzinger described hundreds of extremists smashing windows, vandalizing public property, and seizing offices as deranged behavior. He also accused the GOP of pressuring everyone to stay silent about the incident.
“This is an insane moment [and] people are slowly starting to speak out, but the fear that exists—that permeates members of my party, particularly elected officials—it really is frightening,” he said.
The Republican rejected any suggestion he defected to the left side of politics when joining the U.S. House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Attack.
“This is not the left-wing against the right-wing. This is authoritarianism—you can think of it as fascism against democracy,” Kinzinger said. “We are working together, pulling in the same direction all to get one thing, which is answers … [and] we are going to get to the bottom of this.”
Kinzinger openly admitted he is no fan of former President Trump and accused fellow party members of pledging “allegiance to one man over any kind of principle.”
“Conservatism is no longer about what you actually believe; it is about how intensely you are loyal to Donald Trump,” he said, according to The Hill. “[The GOP] is not committed to the rule of law despite what they say, and it is not committed to democratic principles.”
The RNC’s latest resolution censured Kinzinger and Cheney for the alleged “persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.” It also compared the Capitol rioters to victims of state oppression.
Here is the draft censure resolution from Trump ally Dave Bossie and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel against Rep. Liz Cheney. pic.twitter.com/EJ7O0XyUAk— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 4, 2022