Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., — who opposes abortions except for rape, incest, the life of the mother, or after about 15 weeks — said so Sunday regarding GOP measures to ending all exceptions: “One way or another, in the Republican Party, the crueler you are, the more likely you are to win a primary.
Kinzinger, a member of the Jan. 6 committee investigating the attack on the Capitol and former President Donald Trump’s attempts to void the election, discussed the panel’s next steps, from the FBI’s seizure of classified documents in the Trump’s estate in Florida and more on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” hosted by Chuck Todd.
On Trump retaining presidential documents that are public property, some classified, and protests by some Republicans against the FBI Mar-a-Largo raid: “I mean, the hypocrisy of people in my party who spent years chanting ‘Lockher up’ about Hillary Clinton…because of some emails being deleted, or, in quotes/no’ wiping a server “, are now out there to defend a man who clearly had no regard for the national security of the United States. And whether or not that rises to the level of the indictment will be up to the DOJ. But it’s disgusting, in my mind. And – and, look, no president should act that way, obviously.
On the follow-up for the January 6 committee: During a June hearing, panel member Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, said Trump “used these bogus allegations of voter fraud to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from supporters who were told that their donations were for the legal fight in the courts. But the Trump campaign didn’t use the money for that. The ‘Big Lie’ was also a big scam.
Kinzinger told Todd, “I think one of the most intriguing things is going to be part of the fundraising, right, part of the fundraising, the fact that, you know, a large majority of that money has was collected under, quoted/unquoted “Stop Theft,” with no intention of doing anything to supposedly stop a theft. It was just to raise money.”
On whether abortion is a winning issue for Democrats heading into November’s midterm elections following the Supreme Court’s reversal of abortion rights: “I think it definitely changed the complexion of some mid-terms. I don’t know how much,” Kinzinger noted, calling the GOP’s measures to ban exceptions cruel measures to win the primaries.
Kinzinger said he was very willing to support “leftist” Democrats who believe in democracy rather than “anti-democracy” Republicans: Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, the other Republican on the Jan. 6 panel — who lost her primary re-election bid — said after her loss she could help Democrats defeat GOP deniers.
Kinzinger – who didn’t run for re-election – was asked by Todd: “Do you think that’s what you’re going to be doing for the next two years or so?”
Kinzinger, who launched his “Country First” political movement after the January 6 attack, said: “Yeah…I mean, look, the biggest problem – not everyone agrees with me, certainly in my party and even Democrats who like to say things like, ‘Well, but you’re still a conservative.’ Yes, I am conservative.
“But at the end of the day, the biggest threat to our country right now is democracy. And if you have Republicans running against even left-leaning Democrats who believe in democracy and believe in voting, that person should be elected rather that someone who would overthrow the will of the people and end up destroying this country.
Said Kinzinger, “This country cannot survive without democracy. It will turn into a power struggle between groups of different races, different ethnicities, different religions. Because what unites us is this conviction that we can govern ourselves. Take that away, this country is a mess. And so the Republicans who are for that have no place in power.