When it comes to Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Preener), I am stealing my colleague Kurt Schlichter’s #caring hashtag. Kinzinger is the Millennials’ Mitt Romney—a total gadfly. I personally have not even cared enough to draft a story about him until now, so I’ll be pulling in my colleagues who have covered him more extensively.
What is very clear is that Kinzinger is on a mission: for more attention and face time on CNN and MSNBC. Kinzinger is now claiming that he warned Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that violence would be assured on January 6 if the rhetoric and actions of the GOP leadership did not change; alas, martyr that he wants to be, he was ignored, and Here. We. Are.
A few days before Jan 6, our GOP members had a conference call. I told Kevin that his words and our party’s actions would lead to violence on January 6th. Kevin dismissively responded with “ok Adam, operator next question.” And we got violence.
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) May 10, 2021
Apparently, he didn’t get any press avails or attention from that tweet, so he decided to tag and troll Minority Leader McCarthy and Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise this morning:
Good morning! Has anyone heard whether or not @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy or Steve Scalise talked with Officer Mike Fanone or watched his interview yet? If you’re gonna throw out the truth and defend the insurrectionist former president, maybe talk to all the witnesses?
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) May 11, 2021
I am convinced this man is simply an Illinois Democrat Party plant. The Republican Party in Illinois is about as useless as the party in California, so I suspect a deal was made to promote a so-called Republican candidate to please the “base,” but keep up the Never Trump credentials that the Cook and Winnebago County crowds live by.
But this is how Kinzinger postures himself. As my colleague Bonchie pointed out, it’s not an identity, nor is it a good political strategy, as the losing candidate Kinzinger backed in the 6th Congressional District in Texas discovered.
A savvy tweep alerted Kinzinger to this inconvenient truth:
You literally voted for McCarthy as Speaker of the House on January 3, which was literally a FEW days before Jan 6
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) May 10, 2021
Kinzinger and the soon-to-be-replaced Conference Chair, Liz Cheney have this in common: They do the outrage theater well. It’s not winning them any points with their party, but they know that Democrats, who love to find every excuse to point out how the Republican Party is in disarray, will give them attention. Really, that’s all they want; because it’s not about a party or even the people they claim to serve: It’s all about them.
Has anyone heard if Adam Kinzinger has done any work for his district since he voted for Kevin Mccarthy on January 3?
— McBarb ⚾️ 🏒 (@hawks_sox) May 11, 2021
Kinzinger wants to conveniently ignore that Leader McCarthy had no control over the security at the Capitol in the event that violence would occur—that was fully in the lap of “Queen Nancy,” Speaker Pelosi.
Kinzinger also conveniently forgets that the people irreparably harmed on January 6 were all Trump supporters: Ashli Babbitt being the most egregious victim at the hands of a Capitol Police Officer.
LOL! The only cover up on Jan6th was the police officer who murdered protester Ashli Babbitt in cold blood and the cause of death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.
— Gonzo (@eldestson2112) May 5, 2021
But, you know, #Facts.
It has been documented that then-President Trump authorized the National Guard to be called up had D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Speaker chosen to, and this claim was backed up by Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows. Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose Not, as my colleague Nick Arama reported here, and here.
Meadows had previously said that in an interview on Fox with Maria Bartiromo, according to Real Clear Politics.
Even in January, that was a given, as many as 10,000 National Guard troops were told to be on the ready by the Secretary of Defense. That was a direct order from President Trump and yet here is what we see, all kinds of blame going around but yet not a whole lot of accountability. That accountability needs to rest with where it ultimately should be and that’s on Capitol Hill.
So Kinzinger’s efforts to keep the crumbling January 6 narrative alive are both naked and disingenuous. Whatever the Republican Party rhetoric may or may not have caused, the actual security that could have been in place to mitigate or prevent damage had everything to do with Speaker Pelosi’s actions.
This does not matter to Kinzinger as he gets his desired result: attention from people who will use him when convenient, and spit him out and grind him under their shoe when done.
You are so desperate for attention from people who ultimately do not respect you at all, Adam. It's sad, really. https://t.co/kfUpcmSu5a
— Sister Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) May 10, 2021
My colleague Streiff said it best:
The lesson that should be learned here is that the Democrats are serious about consolidating power. They don’t need the votes of weak and spineless Vichy Republicans to accomplish their goals. Weak sisters like Kinzinger are not allies; they are targets. They will be high on the list of seats for the Democrats to flip, and they will probably be successful because I can’t imagine any Democrat voting for Kinzinger over this vote while I can imagine a crap-ton of Republicans voting against him.
Okay, here’s me going back to #Caring.