Rep. Adam kinzingerAdam Daniel Kinzinger Sunday Show Preview: Frustration Moves As Infrastructure Talks Hit Upside Down Kinzinger’s Retirement Underscores Trump’s Dominance Over GOP Newman Announces He Will Challenge Fellow Democrat Casten In New Illinois District MORE (R-Ill.), Who has been critical of the former President TrumpTrump’s lawyer blamed Pence for causing the Capitol attack: Biden administration report announces easing of some tariffs on EU steel, COP26 aluminum takes on climate change at dangerous time MOREThe claims about the election and announced last week that he will not seek re-election, criticized Republicans on Sunday “who have not said a word” about the “lies and conspiracy” promoted by factions of the Republican Party.
When asked by the host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert Stephanopoulos CDC Director Urges Americans To Get Out, ‘Enjoy Your Trick Or Treat’ Rand Paul Calls For Fauci To Fire For ‘Lack Of Judgment’ Fauci Says Vaccines May Be Available To Children By Early November MORE On ABC’s “This Week” if his retirement announcement gave Trump a victory, Kinzinger said he “potentially” did, before criticizing Republicans who “have put their heads in the sand.”
“It’s not really about giving a victory to both Donald Trump and the cancerous guy of lies and conspiracy, it is no longer just a wing, but the main argument of the Republican Party,” Kinzinger said.
“This is not in … the 10 of us who voted for impeachment, it is not in [Rep.] Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Kinzinger’s Retirement Underscores Trump’s Dominance Over the Republican Party Kinzinger Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By Facebook – Biden Doesn’t Get What He Wants Before Next Week’s Election MORE [R-Wyo.] and me to save the Republican Party. It’s about 190 Republicans who haven’t said a damn word about it, and they’re putting their heads in the sand and waiting for someone else to come and do something, ”he added.
Trump sent a statement Friday saying “2 down, 8 to go!” referring to Kinzinger and Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony González Kinzinger’s retirement underscores Trump’s dominance over the Republican Party Trump promotes Kinzinger’s retirement: ‘2 down, 8 to go’ Kinzinger announces he will not seek reelection MORE(R-Ohio) decisions not to seek reelection next year. Both lawmakers voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment in January.
Kinzinger has criticized Trump and the state of the Republican Party following the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill. He is now one of two Republican members, along with Cheney, who is on the select committee investigating the attack.
Kinzinger told Stephanopoulos on Sunday that “basically” just him, Cheney and “a few others” are “telling the truth.”
“You can fight cancer in the Republican Party of lies, of conspiracy, of dishonesty, and finally you realize that it’s basically me, Liz Cheney and some others who are telling the truth, and there are about 190 people in the Party. Republican who is not going to say a word, and there is a Republican caucus leader who is hugging Donald Trump with all he can, “he added.
Kinzinger released a video announcing his retirement on Friday, culminating his 12-year career in the House.