Adam Kinzinger Says GOP Colleagues Thanked Him For Speaking Out Against Trump
During Donald Trump’s term in office, a number of Republican lawmakers told newspaper writers about how concerned they were about him. Almost all of these statements, though, were made in an anonymous matter.
Adam Kinzinger and Mitt Romney stand out as the two most frequent critics of Trump. Many other Republican critics did so because they were retiring.
Kinzinger talked about the backlash from his criticism during a Wednesday appearance on The View. He told the hosts that same of his colleagues have thanked him.
“Well, there’s been backlash, you know… within the party base, there’s some of course you know, as we’d expect,” he began. “There’s also been a whole lot of outpouring from people that [said] ‘thanks for saying it.’ I’ve heard it, even amongst my colleagues: ‘thanks for speaking up.’”
Kinzinger continued, “What it comes down to is maybe there’s backlash and maybe there’s not. But putting your career on the line when we’re going out and asking young people to be willing to fight and die to defend this country — being willing to give your career up to defend that same cause, that fidelity to the Constitution, is a small price to pay.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of ABC:
Although @RepKinzinger has faced backlash within the Republican party over his strong criticism of former Pres. Trump for the Capitol Hill riot, he tells us he’s “at total peace with the fact that insurrections can never be acceptable in this country.” https://t.co/f8u2wbJuik pic.twitter.com/xTA7boiSiD
— The View (@TheView) February 3, 2021