We have to relearn what leadership is. Leadership isn't finding the biggest powerful personality and doing whatever this person wants. We need to lead people away from that kind of populism. — Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
We have to relearn what leadership is. Leadership isn't finding the biggest powerful personality and doing whatever this person wants. We need to lead people away from that kind of populism. — Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
We can't say that you are immune from any kind of impeachment if you're within a certain amount of time of leaving office. That's a terrible precedent. — Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger on recognizing the QAnon threat and not fearing a GOP primary challenger for voting to impeach Trump
  • Adam Kinzinger is a Republican who voted to impeach Trump. And he's perfectly content if it costs him his seat in Congress.
  • In a conversation with Insider columnist Anthony Fisher, the sixth-term congressman from Illinois talks about being unpopular with Trump supporters, spotting the threat of QAnon early on, and what he was doing during the Capitol siege.
  • He also talks about being disowned by Trump-supporting relatives who believe he's joined "the devil's army."
Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois is at the forefront of Republican opposition to former President Donald Trump.

He's one of 10 GOP House members who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol. Though he voted with Trump 90% of the time, he's been rated one of the most bipartisan members of Congress. And he's an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran who still serves in the National Guard.

He's called Trump "nuts," was months ahead of the curve in warning his GOP colleagues of the threat posed by the mainstreaming of QAnon, and this week he said the conspiracy theory-pushing freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is "not a Republican."

... We've got to set red lines. An attack on a branch of government by another branch is a red line. We can't say that you are immune from any kind of impeachment if you're within a certain amount of time of leaving office. That's a terrible precedent.

... We have to relearn what leadership is. Leadership isn't finding the biggest powerful personality and doing whatever this person wants. We need to lead people away from that kind of populism.

... I actually think in six months, optimistically, that nobody's going to care about what Trump's doing and where he's at. He's just going to be a former president and he's not going to have control over the party.


As a member of Congress, you need to ask: "Do you want to be in Congress as a Republican if this continues?"

If you do, then great, do whatever. But for me, no. I can not be part of a party longterm that doesn't have principles and is based around a flawed personality.

... We have to keep exposing it, but we have to be careful not to say that somebody who believes in QAnon is a loser. Because then you just put them in their corner. I think you have to understand how to deprogram someone from a cult, because that's what it is.
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