If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them. If you think he doesn't lead our party, you must publicly say that. The time for hiding is over. — GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them. If you think he doesn't lead our party, you must publicly say that. The time for hiding is over. — GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says 'Trump is winning' fight for direction of the party, urges colleagues to speak up
  • Rep. Kinzinger on Saturday said that "Trump is winning" because so many GOP members "stay silent."
  • Kinzinger spoke of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who is retiring next year after voting to impeach Trump.
  • "If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them," Kinzinger said to GOP colleagues.
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Saturday said that former President Donald Trump is "winning" the battle over the direction of the party because so many Republicans have chosen to quietly "watch from the sidelines."

In a video statement that appeared on Twitter, the congressman discussed Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, the Ohio GOP lawmaker who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol and last week announced that he would not stand for reelection in his staunchly conservative district.

"A couple days ago, my friend Anthony Gonzales announced he won't run again, and now the pundits and politicos are discussing whether this means that Trump won," Kinzinger said. "So, let me answer this question. Yes, as of now, Trump is winning. Not because Anthony decided not to run, but because so many in the Republican Party decided to stay silent."

He added: "Ten of us voted to impeach the former guy, fulfilling our Constitutional duty, yet so many GOP colleagues watch from the sidelines lacking courage to speak out while privately hoping for change."

The congressman made it clear that Republicans who choose to remain silent are complicit in condoning Trump's behavior.

"The future of power and politics in this country doesn't rest on the ten of us," he said. "It rests on the courage on the 180 others who have been silent so far. My GOP colleagues — the time is now to speak up."

He added: "If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them. If you think he doesn't lead our party, you must publicly say that. The time for hiding is over."
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