Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTop firms slash donations to candidates by 90 percent: analysis Political purists bring ‘cancel culture’ to the Republican Party Scalise meets with Trump in Florida during fundraising swing MORE (R-Ill.) is amping up his calls for the party to split with former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: U.S. political divide over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia bishop says state GOP’s elections bill is an ‘attempt to suppress the Black vote’ Trump closer to legal jeopardy after court ruling on tax returns MORE, arguing Republicans won’t take back the majority if they continue to embrace his brand.
“I don’t know what that looks like, all I know is I can rest with real peace knowing that I’m going to fight as hard as I can to get a normal functioning Republican Party,” he told CNN’s Chris CuomoChris CuomoMedia’s gushing promotion of Gov. Cuomo looks pretty bad now Cancun Cruz deserves to be dragged, but media’s selective outrage is painfully apparent Brooke Baldwin to leave CNN MORE on Monday night.
Kinzinger is a vocal Trump critic who was one of the 10 GOP lawmakers in the House to vote to impeach the former president for inciting a deadly insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, where rioters attempted to stop the certification of Electoral College votes.
He argued Monday that the direction the party will take remains to be seen, but feels that embracing personality over policy is detrimental to its long-term viability.
The Illinois Republican also noted he outperformed Trump by a sizable margin in his district during the past election cycle.
“I mean look, Chris, in my district I got 65 percent of the vote, Donald Trump got 56 percent of the vote. If you think the Donald Trump thing in the long term is going to be the winning coalition and not somebody like me that’s conservative, but doesn’t offend people and doesn’t go out and attack and say that you owe me everything and doesn’t incite insurrections there will be a minority party forever,” he told CNN.
“I don’t understand why we can’t say such a basic thing which is that Joe BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread conspiracy that Texas snow was manufactured by the government The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike Throwing money at Central America will not curb illegal migration MORE is the President,” says Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger. “Look. We lost. Donald Trump lost and instead of complaining about that, we need to figure out why, and try to get more votes… next time.” pic.twitter.com/f0bPvgfQ1w
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Kinzinger’s comments come as the party faces an identity crisis on the direction it will take in a post-Trump era. The congressman’s decision to speak out against Trump has sparked backlash within the far-right faction of the party, leading to the Will County Republican Party, in his district, to censure him for his vote to impeach.
Kinzinger also received a letter from 11 of his family members, first published by The New York Times, accusing him of being a “disappointment … to us and to God.” Kinzinger said he is glad the letter was made public since it shows the divisions that can be caused within families over politics.
“I’m glad the letter came out because I think that people need to see — if you haven’t experienced that division in your family, this is the best example of it,” he told CNN.
“So look, I have nothing against them. I mean, maybe someday I’ll have to look back … but I don’t feel it right now. I just have no desire really to reach out and repair it, that’s up to them,” he said.