Kinzinger: Using ‘fear and darkness’ will win the midterm elections in 2022 and cost the GOP in the long run

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.) In a new interview, he said that Republican campaign tactics using “fear and darkness” will help them win in next year’s midterm elections, but will ultimately hurt the party in the long run. term.

“I believe that in the short term, stoking the division, using fear and darkness, will win the midterm elections in 2022. In the long term, this will destroy the Republican Party. Or it will destroy the country, because this is an unsustainable path, ”Kinzinger told CNN political commentator and Republican anti-Trump SE Cupp during an interview for Rolling Stone, released Monday.

Kinzinger’s comments came in response to Cupp’s question whether the Republicans who allowed the former 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 MORE you will pay a price for doing so. The six-term congressman responded that he does not believe there will be one in the near future, before moving on to his prediction about the state of the Republican Party in the future.

Kinzinger has criticized the Republican Party in recent months, sometimes denouncing his colleagues in Congress for spreading false claims that there was fraud in the 2020 presidential election and criticizing its continued loyalty to Trump.

The Illinois congressman was one of 10 members of the Republican House of Representatives who voted for Trump’s second impeachment following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, and is one of two Republicans, 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 (Wyoming), a member of the House Select Committee investigating the deadly January attack.

Kinzinger announced late last month that he will not seek reelection next year, putting an expiration date on a 12-year run in the House of Representatives that began in 2011 when he ousted a Democratic incumbent.

The 43-year-old congressman denounced the marked partisanship in Washington in his announcement video, criticizing both parties for trying to appeal to their most extreme elements.

Days before the announcement, Illinois Democrats presented proposed Congressional maps that would have placed Kinzinger in the same district as the representative. Darin LaHoodThe Retirement of Darin McKay LaHoodKinzinger Underlines Trump’s Dominance Over the Republican Party Newman Announces He Will Challenge fellow Democrat Casten in Newly Elected Illinois District Trump Touts Kinzinger’s Retirement: ‘2 Down, 8 To Go’ MORE (R), which would have set the stage for a potentially fierce intra-party battle in the state.

When asked whether he blamed the Republicans for his decision not to run again, for expelling GOP members like him from the party, or the Democrats for drawing the map of Congress the way they did, Kinzinger held accountable the latter.

“I blame the Democrats for drawing that map. And I think what it tells people is that they want Republican allies in the defense of democracy until it is politically advantageous not to. For me, that means they don’t understand how real the threat to democracy is, ”he said.

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