Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican lawmaker in Illinois said while appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he’s faced major backlash since choosing to vote to impeach Trump.
“Look it’s really difficult,” Kinzinger said. “I mean, all of a sudden imagine everybody that supported you, or so it seems that way, your friends, your family, has turned against you. They think you’re selling out.”
“I’ve gotten a letter, a certified letter, twice from the same people, disowning me and claiming I’m possessed by the devil,” he added.
Kinzinger also expressed disappointment that GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy met with former President Trump to discuss taking back the House in 2022.
“I was disappointed over the last few weeks to see what seemed like the Republican Party waking up and then kind of falling asleep again and saying, ‘Well, you know, what matters if we can win in two years and we don’t want to tick off the base,’” Kinzinger said.
“The photo shows that the former president is desperate to continue looking like he’s leading the party,” he added.
Kinzinger also commented on the backlash facing #3 House Republican Liz Cheney for also choosing to vote to impeach Trump and specifically mentioned the attacks she’s received from Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Kinzinger said “if you look at Matt Gaetz going to Wyoming because, what, a tough woman has an independent view and he doesn’t want to have to go out and explain why he didn’t vote for impeachment, that’s totally GOP cancel culture.”
“What we’re standing for,” he continued “and I think what, frankly, a significant part of the base wants, is to say, ‘Look, we can have a diversity of opinion.’”