[WATCH] Rep Kinzinger Gets Emotional During Select Committee Hearing, Rips GOP Colleagues
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a savvy choice when she appointed Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois to be one of the two GOP members on the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol. Kinzinger made an emotional opening statement, during which he was visible emotional, choking up as he spoke to the four men in police uniforms–both Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police–who had been recounting their experiences fighting against the crowd of terrorists, as they called the Trump supporters who surrounded them. Claustrophobic body camera footage was shared during their testimonies, revealing just how close the men came to dying at the hands of the rabid crowd of thousands.
Kinzinger, his voice breaking, spoke directly to individual experiences of the four men–Michael Fanone, Aquilino Gonell, Harry Dunn, and Daniel Hodges–as he honored their testimonies. “I never expected today to be as quite as emotional for me as it has been,” Kinzinger began. “I’ve talked to a number of you and have gotten to know you, I think it’s important to tell you right now, though, you guys may, like, individually feel a little broken. You guys all talk about the affects you have to deal with, and you talk about the impact of that day. But you guys won.
“You guys held,” he continued. “You know, democracies are not defined by our bad days. We’re defined by how we come back from bad days, how we take accountability for that. For all the overheated rhetoric surrounding this committee, our mission is very simple: it’s to find the truth and it’s to ensure accountability.”
Officer Dunn: "Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger are being lauded as courageous heroes. And while I agree with that notion, why? Because they told the truth? Why is telling the truth hard? I guess in this America, it is." pic.twitter.com/CeBD6kHl7P
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 27, 2021
We never imagined this could happen: an attack, by our own people, fostered and encouraged by those granted power through the very system they sought to overturn. But as I said in my opening remarks, these officers won—they held the line and defended our democracy. pic.twitter.com/hYXV2aG0nj
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) July 27, 2021
“Like most Americans, I’m frustrated that six months after a deadly insurrection breached the United States Capitol for several hours on live television, we still don’t know exactly what happened. Why? Because many in my party have treated this as just another partisan fight,” he explained. “It’s toxic and it’s a disservice to the officers and their families, to the staff and employees on the Capitol Complex to the American people that deserve the truth. Self-governance is at stake, that’s why I agreed to serve on this committee.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, asked about Republican criticism: "If people want to get petty, that's fine. I think that reflects more on people than it does on the situation at hand. This is a historic moment and this is a democracy-defending moment. No matter the consequences."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 27, 2021
Watch Rep. Kinzinger’s emotional remarks, below.