Former Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a prominent critic of Donald Trump, recently disclosed that certain family members disowned him due to his outspoken opposition to the former president.
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Kinzinger revealed the extent of the rift within his family, with some relatives branding him a member of the “devil’s army.”
Kinzinger served in Congress from 2011 to 2023 and garnered attention for his frequent criticism of Trump’s unfounded claims regarding the 2020 election’s alleged theft.
He also joined the voices advocating for Trump’s removal from the White House following the Capitol riot in 2021.
He played a pivotal role on the House select committee that probed the events of January 6, 2021.
This discussion occurred in advance of the release of his new book, “Renegade,” where he reflects on his life and his tenure in politics.
The book delves into his belief that the US political system is fundamentally broken and explores his growing disenchantment with the Republican Party, as reported by NPR.
In an interview with the broadcaster, Kinzinger voiced his concern that some individuals seek public office primarily to gain fame rather than to improve the nation through responsible governance.
He further criticized traditional Republican members for seemingly ignoring the rise of the far-right faction within the party.
Kinzinger also addressed the recent turmoil in the House of Representatives following the ousting of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
He expressed his lack of surprise that the “terrorist caucus” (a term used by former Speaker John Boehner for hard-right Republicans in the House) managed to force a vote and essentially hold the chamber hostage.
Nevertheless, he displayed no sympathy for Mr. McCarthy, suggesting that it was a suitable outcome.
Despite the familial estrangement, political disillusionment, and internal party conflict, Kinzinger still identifies as a Republican.
He characterizes himself as a “politically homeless” Republican who is uncertain about where he fits within the party.
However, he hinted that he might not vote for the Republican Party in 2024, mainly if Donald Trump is the party’s presidential nominee.
He emphasized his belief that the choice may boil down to democracy or the erosion of democracy, indicating that he would consider voting for Joe Biden over Trump in such a scenario.