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Anti-Trump GOP Rep. Kinzinger predicts Republicans will see ‘trouble’ in House AND Senate midterm elections
Anti-Trump GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger Predicts Republicans Could Lose in the House AND Senate in November’s Midterm Election – Says He’d Support a Democrat Over an Election Denier in His Party
- Adam Kinzinger will leave the House of Representatives at the end of this year
- He is one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for the Capitol riots
- Kinzinger suggested a combination of extreme abortion stances and “no leadership” could jeopardize Republicans’ chances of winning Congress
- He said House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy is “not leading” and instead “asking, ‘What does Marjorie Taylor Greene want me to do?'”
- About Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, he said, “Mitch McConnell is just trying to save the Senate. He probably won’t.’
Outgoing Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois suggested on Sunday that his party will face an uphill battle to gain control of Congress in November — despite months of an expected “red wave” in the 2022 midterm cycle.
The military veteran and lawmaker told NBC News’ Meet The Press that it would combine “cruel” anti-abortion stances along with the fringe appeal of candidates endorsed by Donald Trump, which could spell the demise of the GOP.
He himself did not rule out supporting a Democratic candidate in future elections – if their GOP opponent promoted false 2020 election fraud theories.
Resistance to the Supreme Court’s overthrow of Roe v. Wade — and subsequent abortion bans from GOP-led states — has given Democrats unprecedented new energy to enter the fall races.
On the left and among Independents, the battle over pro-choice rights is destroying primary election turnout records and turning red-leaning districts into toss-ups.
“I think it definitely changed the complexion of the midterms,” Kinzinger said on Sunday.
Even Donald Trump said, “Rape, incest, the mother’s life exception.” And now you’ve seen these Republicans say, “There’s absolutely no exception,” because somehow in the Republican Party, the more brutal you are, the more likely you are to win a primary.”
He further warned that “Republicans are in big trouble because we don’t have leadership,” and suggested that House minority leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell were more or less ineffective.
Republican anti-Trump Rep Adam Kinzinger said his party is “in trouble” during the November midterm races due to extreme stances on abortion and a lack of “leadership”
“So Kevin McCarthy isn’t leading. He asks, “What does Marjorie Taylor Greene want me to do?” said Kinzinger, referring to the irascible Georgia Trump ally whom Congressional Democrats took from all committees for her violent and outlandish online rhetoric before she was elected.
Kinzinger continued, “Mitch McConnell is just trying to save the Senate. He probably won’t.’
“We have no leaders — and no wonder our base actually believes everything Donald Trump says,” he said.
The Illinois Republican announced last year that he would not be re-elected after facing a barrage of attacks from Trump for voting to impeach him over the US Capitol riot.
Since then, he has devoted his remaining time in Congress to investigating Trump’s efforts to undo the 2020 presidential election through his work on the House selection committee investigating the January 6 attack.
“Mitch McConnell is just trying to save the Senate. He probably won’t,” Kinzinger said of the Senate minority leader
He accused House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of being influenced by the Republican Party right, telling Meet The Press that “Kevin McCarthy doesn’t lead. He asks, “What does Marjorie Taylor Greene want me to do?”‘
And Kinzinger indicated that his work will continue after his departure — when asked about supporting Democratic candidates in the future, he pledged to support anyone who challenged fellow Republicans who mimic Trump’s lies.
‘Yes, I am conservative. But the bottom line is, the biggest threat to our country right now is democracy,” Kinzinger said.
“And if you have Republicans who are even going up against left-wing Democrats who believe in democracy and believe in voting, then that person should be elected over someone who would basically overthrow the will of the people and ultimately destroy this country.”
Without America’s democratic institutions intact, Kinzinger warned the country would enter a “power struggle between groups of different races, of different ethnicities, of different religions.”
“What keeps us together is the belief that we can govern ourselves. Take that away, this country is a mess,’ he said.
Republicans who are for that have no place in office. I don’t care what their policy position on taxes is.’