With Democrats in the Illinois state legislature set to effectively eliminate “Republican” House Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s Congressional district courtesy of their just-released gerrymander map of the state, it’s a possibility – depending on what he decides – that we may be mercifully blessed to not have to hear much more from him after his term in office expires.
But until then we’re stuck with him and the dumb, wildly opportunistic comments he frequently makes as he seeks to improve his stature among the Washington, D.C. cocktail circuit elite and the fever swamps of MSNBC and CNN on his way out the door.
Case in point, an interview the Congressman did with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday where, as per the norm, the topic of the day was the Capitol riot and what we could expect in the weeks ahead as the House Select Committee Kinzinger is on continues with their “investigation.”
He and Blitzer were going back and forth about who allegedly knew what and when in advance of January 6th when true to form, the attention-seeking Kinzinger played the saucy tease role to the hilt by proclaiming he was reluctant to discuss any of the alleged “evidence” he claims the committee has uncovered.
That didn’t stop him, however, from taking a shot at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, after which he proceeded to – get this – invoke the Flight 93 heroes in a plea to get more Republicans to “stand up” or whatever:
“Look, people have to stand up and say this is wrong. We’ve got to – if you think about the heroics on Flight 93 that saved the Capitol on 2001, it wasn’t Todd Beamer alone. It was everybody standing up and saying, we’ve had enough, we’re going to sacrifice ourselves to do this. And right now, we need more Republicans to stand up, and lead your people, lead your people. Tell them the truth. You know the truth. Tell them the truth.”
Just shameless. Watch the clip below. Starts at around the 3:20 mark:
"You can't resist a subpoena from Congress," GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger discusses the Jan. 6 select committee’s decision to advance the resolution to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt. "I hope the attorney general does the right thing." pic.twitter.com/ic2GcHsWWV
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) October 20, 2021
Equating the Capitol riot to 9/11 is not just offensive; it’s grotesquely offensive and, of course, wrong.
It’s bad enough when similar claims get made by Democrats and the mainstream media, but it’s doubly bad coming from Kinzinger, who even becoming what he has should know better than to compare a series of brutal attacks that were planned well in advance by radical Islamofascist terrorists and carried out with deadly precision to the tune of 3,000 innocents dead with another attack that not only does not appear to have been coordinated in advance but where jumbo jets weren’t used and also no one was killed outside of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by a Capitol police officer as she tried to climb through a door that had the glass broken out of it.
It’s a shame they even had to do it, but for the clueless people making the comparisons who don’t “get it,” RedState senior editor Joe Cunningham laid out the differences between the two attacks in crystal clear form here as did my colleague Bonchie in an earlier piece.
As I’ve said before, while the violence that took place on January 6th was indeed unacceptable, it still shouldn’t be blown out of proportion in comparison to other attacks that have happened in decades past, especially 9/11. Regardless of what Democrats, reporters, and Never Trumpers like Kinzinger may think, perspective is very important here in the context of our nation’s history. Is this really asking too much of our supposed intellectual betters?
It would appear so.