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Never-Trumper Adam Kinzinger Goes Off on GOP on His Way Out of Congress

It’s like passing gas in a room that you know you’re about to exit.

Adam Kinzinger does not like Donald Trump.  Never really has, likely never will, and there is little doubt that this obsessive angst has affected his standing among, (most of), the rest of the Republican Party.

In fact, Kinzinger is one of only two Republicans that Nancy Pelosi didn’t arbitrarily kick off of the January 6th select committee, which many within the GOP have seen as little more than a chance to re-adjudicate Trump’s second impeachment trial, this time under Democratic rule.

Now, with Kinzinger having already announced that he won’t be seeking another term in Congress, it appears that the Illinois politician is ready to burn every Republican Party bridge he’s ever crossed.

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After announcing on Friday that he would not seek reelection to Congress in 2022, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said Sunday he, Rep. Liz Cheney and “a few others” are the only House Republicans “telling the truth” about the 2020 election and its aftermath.

“You can fight to try to tell the truth, you can fight against the cancer in the Republican Party of lies of conspiracy of dishonesty,” Kinzinger told ABC “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos exclusively in his first interview since the announcement. “There are about 190 people in the Republican Party that aren’t going to say a word, and there’s a leader of the Republican caucus that is embracing Donald Trump with all he can.”

“The Republican establishment now — whether it’s the [National Republican Congressional Committee], whether it’s Kevin McCarthy — have held onto Donald Trump,” he said. “They have continued to breathe life into him, and so actually, it’s not handing a win as much to Donald Trump as it is to the cancerous kind of lies and conspiracy” that are now the “mainstream argument of the Republican Party.”

Kinzinger, despite this vitriolic take on the Republican Party, says it’s not on him to try to stop the GOP from going doing this path.

“It’s not on Liz Cheney and I to save the Republican Party,” Kinzinger added. “It’s on the 190 Republicans who haven’t said a dang word about it, and they put their head in the sand and hope somebody else comes along and does something.”

Kinzinger hasn’t yet announce what his next move may be, but cynical tweets about a potential cable news gig have been popping up on social media in recent days.

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