You cannot on the one hand say that Donald Trump is a leader or the leader of the Republican Party — which I believe he is the leader of the Republican Party right now because Kevin McCarthy gave him his leadership card. You can't say he's the leader and then say we have to move on. I would love to move on. — GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
You cannot on the one hand say that Donald Trump is a leader or the leader of the Republican Party — which I believe he is the leader of the Republican Party right now because Kevin McCarthy gave him his leadership card. You can't say he's the leader and then say we have to move on. I would love to move on. — GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says he would 'love to move on' from Trump, slams McCarthy for giving 'his leadership card' to the former president
  • Rep. Kinzinger criticized Republicans who are giving contradictory opinions about Trump's influence.
  • "You can't say he's the leader and then say we have to move on," he said.
  • Kinzinger criticized GOP leader McCarthy for effectively handing over power to the former president.
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Sunday criticized Republicans who have expressed a desire to move on from former President Donald Trump while also supporting him as an enduring force within the party.

During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Kinzinger told host Chuck Todd that the party members couldn't embrace the former president and his debunked election claims, which have continued beyond his one term in office.

"Trump set the table," Kinzinger said. "He's the one that continually brings up a stolen election narrative. He's the one that has convinced, members of Congress, including what we saw a few days ago, to have a hearing on January 6th and claimed that this was nothing but a tourist group, or that it was hugs and kisses."

Kinzinger then chided House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California for what he said is the Republican leader's abdication of his duties.

"You cannot on the one hand say that Donald Trump is a leader or the leader of the Republican Party — which I believe he is the leader of the Republican Party right now because Kevin McCarthy gave him his leadership card," he said. "You can't say he's the leader and then say we have to move on. I would love to move on."
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