Controversial former U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is a target for more MAGA anger than most people — and there is a lot of MAGA anger to go around. Kinzinger, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2023, didn’t seek re-election after being one of the Republicans to sit on the committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attacks.
[Former Rep. Liz Cheney, who also served on the committee, and Kinzinger were the only Republicans who voted to establish the committee in the first place.]
Kinzinger’s participation in the committee became an unpardonable sin, as assessed by the GOP MAGA faithful, and he has been called a traitor — and much worse. The far right House Freedom Caucus tried to remove him from office. A traditional Republican, Kinzinger has also been a target for the ire of Democrats during his career.
As a result, Kinzinger’s social media feed, where he frequently criticizes America First and Trump adherents, is filled with particular vitriol in the comments. So it is with some quiet delight, on the day New York CON-gressman George Santos was reportedly taken into custody, that Kinzinger revisits a moment when Santos trolled him on Twitter with exceptionally taunting name-calling menace.
Retweeting this today seems appropriate for some reason: https://t.co/ipfJVq7F95— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) May 10, 2023
Kinzinger wrote: “Retweeting this today seems appropriate for some reason.”
The Tweet at hand featured Santos calling Kinzinger “the guy who mislead his constituents by claiming he was a Republican then jumped on the FRAUDULENT J6 committee. Tell me Cry Baby how do you sleep at night with all the men & women of our military that you sold out? The military industrial complex misses you, you Sellout.”
[NOTE: Adam Kinzinger served in the United States Air Force from 2003 to 2010. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in November 2003 and later awarded his pilot wings. Kinzinger flew missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Kinzinger retired from the Air Force in 2010 with the rank of major. He is a decorated veteran who has received numerous medals for his service.]