After House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) threatened to strip any House Republican of their committee assignments if they dared to serve on the select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection — and then denied making such threats after Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) defiantly accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to join the panel — GOP Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) quickly demonstrated why McCarthy’s idle threats were so ineffective.
“Who gives a shit?” Congressman Kinzinger testily replied when asked by reporters about the House GOP leader’s proposed sanctions againstb members of his own party.
It’s not a surprising reaction from the Illinois legislator given that he was the only other Republican besides Rep. Cheney to vote in favor of establishing the select committee which was unanimously supported by House Democrats.
With the committee to be comprised of 13 members — eight selected by Pelosi and five of whom will be chosen “after consultation” with McCarthy — and with rules identical to those of the multiple Benghazi investigations — the House Speaker appointed the GOP’s Cheney as one of her choices to fend off accusations that the probe will be a strictly partisan witchhunt.
With McCarthy seemingly ready to boycott the entire effort to get to the bottom of the violent incursion into the Capitol Building, Pelosi’s crafty move ensures that the committee will nonetheless have a bipartisan element — and enough members to achieve a quorum to operate.
“We’ll see how this whole thing shakes out,” Kinzinger commented on the Republican leadership’s struggle to drown the committee in its infancy.
The Illinois congressman has become one of the few members of the GOP to repudiate the legacy of Donald Trump, seeing his party’s obsession with the failed leader as a sure dead end politically, forcing the Republicans to rely on state-level voter suppression efforts in order to regain the levers of power at the federal level while the party’s popularity keeps shrinking.
Rep. Kinzinger’s deep antipathy towards the former guy was amply demonstrated by the comments that he made earlier this week about Trump’s Ohio rally this past weekend.
“It was a rally of a loser president. I mean, he’s the first president to lose reelection in decades,” Kinzinger said. “I don’t know why these people would go there and in essence ogle at and, in many cases, just sort of worship a loser.”
Congressman Adam Kinzinger seems to be one of the only Republicans who knows how to ask the right questions.
If the Republican Party ever stands a chance of staging a resurgence, it will be because of people like him, and not the clown car of Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar, Jim Jordan, and the rest of their most deplorable members.
Original reporting by Dominick Mastrangelo at The Hill.
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