Rep. Adam Kinzinger
(R-Ill.) says the GOP
's capitulation to Donald Trump
became clear to him when House
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
paid a visit to the ex-president at his Mar-a-Lago
resort in Florida
to discuss strategy, just two weeks after blaming Trump for inciting the deadly U.S. Capitol riot
McCarthy "went to Mar-a-Lago and charged the paddles and brought Trump back to life," Kinzinger said in an interview
with The New York Times
over the weekend.
“That’s when I realized, 'Oh, man, this is a problem,'” he explained.
“You come to understand that when the party and party leaders talk about unity, and in the same breath say that Donald Trump is the leader of the Republican Party
, what they’re talking about isn’t unity,” Kinzinger, who is now one of his party’s most outspoken critics of the former president, continued.
He explained, "They're talking about capitulation."
“When you act like Jan. 6 was just whatever you want to make of it, that is capitulating to a false narrative
and a dangerous attack
,” Kinzinger added. “I will certainly talk to Kevin if he wants to, but I don’t see how we’ll ever come to terms on this until there is a recognition that we can’t be the party of insurgency.”
The entire interview can be found here.