GOP Rep. Adam Kinzingers family bashed him for voting to impeach …

Adam Kinzinger

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzingers family bashed him for voting to impeach …

Rep. Adam Kinzinger faces censure and his familys ire over his vote to impeach former president Donald Trump.
Adam Kinzinger denounced by family over Trump impeachment vote as state Republicans censure lawmakers – The Washington Post
Search InputsearchSectionsmenuSectionsmenuSign inprofileSign inprofileADhomeHomeshareShareShare on FacebookEmail this linkShare on TwitterShare on PinterestShare on LinkedIncomment0Democracy Dies in DarknessGOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s family bashed him for voting to impeach Trump: ‘We are thoroughly disgusted with you!’closeMorning Mix reporterFeb. 16, 2021 at 9:47 a.m. UTC

After former president Donald Trump’s acquittal over the weekend, several Republicans who voted to convict him faced backlash and calls for censure from GOP officials in their home states.

But one Republican was condemned by a more intimate group: his family.

“We are thoroughly disgusted with you!!” relatives of Rep. Adam Kinzinger wrote in a two-page letter first on Monday. “And, oh, by the way, we are calling for your removal from office.”

Kinzinger, a six-term Republican from Illinois, was one of the 10 GOP House members who joined Democrats to impeach Trump on a charge of incitement following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. After that vote, Kinzinger was and then received a handwritten letter from a cousin that was signed by several other family members decrying his decision as a disappointment “to us and to God.”

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The longtime lawmaker responded publicly to the letter on Monday, acknowledging that the political rift in his family has become a shared experience for many Americans since Trump’s election.

“I’m ok, more sad that someone would be willing to choose a man over family,” . “And sad that it’s happening to so many.”

Kinzinger’s family members accused him of joining “the ‘devil’s army’ (Democrats and the fake news media),” and extensively defended Trump against what they called “horrible, rude accusations.”

“To embrace a party that believes in abortion and socialism is the ultimate sin,” the letter said.

The letter was written by family members including Kinzinger’s cousin Karen Otto, who that she hoped the congressman would be “shunned.”

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“It is now most embarrassing to us that we are related to you,” the letter continued. “You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name!”

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Kinzinger, a 42-year-old Air National Guard pilot, first told Business Insider about the letter last month, saying that he was surprised by the vitriol he had received in the wake of voting to impeach Trump.

“It’s been crazy, when you have friends — that you thought were good friends that would love you no matter what — that don’t,” he told the publication.

Kinzinger’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Tuesday.

Kinzinger is not the only Republican lawmaker facing serious backlash for backing Trump’s impeachment. Most of the seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump have also faced calls for censure from fellow Republicans in their respective states in recent days.

House managers argue former president Trump incited an insurrection in a dramatic and swift Senate impeachment trial. (The Washington Post)

Louisiana Republicans Sen. Bill Cassidy for voting to convict Trump, and the North Carolina GOP did the to Sen. Richard Burr. Party members in , , and have also threatened to censure Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah), Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Susan Collins (Maine). Burr and Toomey plan to retire after their current terms. Most of the other senators were recently reelected and will not face an election for five years.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the seventh Republican who voted to convict Trump, is the only one who faces a reelection battle in Alaska next year that may be influenced by her vote.

Despite the pushback, the senators this weekend stood behind their decisions.

“If months of lies, organizing a rally of supporters in an effort to thwart the work of Congress, encouraging a crowd to march on the Capitol, and then taking no meaningful action to stop the violence once it began is not worthy of impeachment, conviction, and disqualification from holding office in the United States, I cannot imagine what is,” Murkowski on Sunday.

In Utah, an online to censure Romney that circulated on social media and gained thousands of signatures baselessly accused him of being “an agent for the Establishment Deep State,” Monday. But state GOP leaders on Monday said they , which they said showed “a diversity of thought” within the party.

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In addition to voting to impeach Trump, Kinzinger this month launched in an effort to push the GOP toward a more moderate platform and away from Trump’s polarizing politics.

“I am at total peace with my decision on impeachment and my mission to restore the GOP, to uphold the principles we hold dear, and firmly put the country first,” Kinzinger Saturday.

Following his censure on Monday, Burr echoed Kinzinger’s lament that the former president’s supporters have abandoned traditional conservative values.

“My party’s leadership has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the Republican Party and the founders of our great nation,” Burr , WRAL reported.

Updated February 14, 2021President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial

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