Rep. Adam kinzingerAdam Daniel Kinzinger Cheney claims January 6 was a ‘false flag operation’ True conservatives must make a decision Legislators who opposed their parties on the infrastructure bill T MORE (R-Ill.) He revealed in a new interview that he considered firing his gun on January 6 as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building.
During an interview with CNN political commentator SE Cupp for Rolling Stone, which was published Monday, Kinzinger said he was “crouched” in his office for six hours “with my gun in hand, prepared to defend my own party” as rioters made their way through the Capitol.
Pressed by Cupp on whether he considered the possibility that he would have to use his firearm against American citizens, Kinzinger said: “Yes, I thought about it.”
“If you’re already at a point where you’re beating up police officers and you’re willing to loot the US Capitol, which hasn’t been done in hundreds of years, if you come face to face with it. Chief RINO in his office, who does not believe that Donald Trump won re-election, yes, they are going to try to fight and kill me, and I will not let that happen, “Kinzinger added, referring to the pejorative” Republican in name only. “
When asked if he was ever “really scared” on January 6, the Illinois Republican said he felt that way around 2:30 pm, a time when he thought, “Man, there’s a real sense of evil. “.
“I can’t explain it more than that. And I’m not one of those guys who feel mean a lot. But I felt a real darkness, like a thick and bad feeling, ”he added.
He said that once the rioters broke through the Capitol’s outer defenses, he knew they could “get anywhere,” including his office.
“I had been attacked on Twitter that day and before, like, ‘Hangman’s noose. We’re coming for you, ‘”Kinzinger said.
“And people know where my office is. So they barricaded me in here, thinking, ‘If this is as bad as it sounds, they can end up in my office, breaking this shit, and maybe I have to do what I can,’ ”he added.
Kinzinger has been outspoken after the January 6 attack on the Capitol, voting at the time-President TrumpDonald Trump Meat industry groups pledge to meet Paris Agreement emissions targets by 2030 Judge dismisses part of DC AG’s lawsuit against Trump’s inaugural committee Representative Gosar publishes anime video showing him hitting Biden, Ocasio-Cortez MOREthe impeachment and criticism of his colleagues in Congress for spreading false claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent, a claim that was at the center of the January assault.
He is also one of two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack, along with the Representative. Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Sunday Shows: Biden Officials Seek Social Spending Package After Infrastructure Approval Cheney Tears Down Jan 6 Claims As ‘False Flag Operation’ True Conservatives Must Make A Decision MORE (Wyo.).
That opposition, however, put a target on his back within his own party; some of his colleagues have criticized the Illinois congressman and Republicans at home condemned him.
Kinzinger announced last month that he will not seek reelection next year. During an announcement video, he pointed out the marked partisanship across the country.
Kinzinger told Cupp he warned the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy Rep. MORE (R-Calif.) Before January 6, the day Congress was supposed to meet to certify the election results, it would be violent, but your concerns were put aside.
The Illinois lawmaker said he told his staff to stay home that day in anticipation of the violence.