Adam Kinzinger calls GOP demands for him to be punished ‘petty’ and says he’ll ‘defend democracy’ no matter what

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) speaks during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2021.

  • GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney accepted invitations by Nancy Pelosi to join the House Select Committee investigating January 6.
  • The move has prompted several fellow Republicans to call for Kinzinger and Cheney’s punishment by leadership.
  • But Kinzinger told reporters on Tuesday that he will “defend democracy” no matter the consequences.
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Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger is unbothered by the “petty” behavior of some of his fellow party members, he told reporters on Tuesday.

A growing number of GOP lawmakers want House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to punish Kinzinger and fellow Republican Rep. Liz Cheney for accepting Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to join the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.

But amid the inter-party fighting, Kinzinger said he has only one priority in joining the contested committee: defending democracy.

“If people want to get petty, that’s fine,” Kinzinger said in response to a reporter question about calls among fellow Republicans that he be stripped of his committee assignments. “I think that reflects more on people than it does on the situation at hand.”

Emotions ran high for the Illinois lawmaker during the first hearing held by the select committee on Tuesday. Kinzinger choked up while praising the police officers who helped fight off the violent, pro-Trump mob.

Kinzinger and Cheney of Wyoming have emerged as mavericks in the Republican party since both were among the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the Capitol attack earlier this year.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Kinzinger also criticized his fellow Republicans for their attempts to downplay the deadly riot and dismiss the investigation as a partisan farce.

“This is a historic moment and this is a democracy-defending moment,” Kinzinger said after the hearing. “No matter the consequences, me, and I know Liz, will stand and defend democracy.”

According to CNN, GOP efforts to seek punishment for Kinzinger and Cheney swelled to new levels over the weekend following Pelosi’s announcement that both Republicans would be joining the committee after the speaker rejected two of McCarthy’s picks, Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, prompting the leader to withdraw all five of his choices.

The most prominent calls for discipline have come from the party’s far-right Freedom Caucus, the outlet reported, but the feeling is starting to spread among more moderate members.

But removing the two dissenters from their committee assignments would likely be difficult for McCarthy, as Democrats currently control committee membership as the majority party in the House.

“All I have to say…is we had a big attack on January 6,” Kinzinger said. “We heard very emotional testimony today and that is what’s on the forefront of my mind.”

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Lawmakers wiped away tears while hearing testimony and watching videos of the riot on January 6 during a congressional hearing

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., wipes his eyes as he listens to testimony on the Jan. 6 attack.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., wipes his eyes as he listens to testimony before the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

  • Lawmakers wiped away tears amid emotional testimony and footage of the January 6 riot.
  • The House Select Committee held its first public hearing as part of its investigation into the Capitol insurrection.
  • Video shows House lawmakers, including Reps. Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, and Zoe Lofgren tearing up at the hearing.
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Lawmakers wiped away tears while listening to emotional testimonies and graphic videos of the January 6 riot at a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

The House Select Committee that is investigating the January 6 insurrection held its first public hearing on Tuesday.

Police officers, who were attacked by a pro-Trump mob that descended on the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election, delivered emotional testimonies of their experiences on January 6, pushing some lawmakers to tears.

Video shows House lawmakers, including Reps. Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, and Zoe Lofgren tearing up at the accounts of the officers who were at the Capitol and at footage of the insurrection. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, a Democrat from New Hampshire, was also seen wiping away tears as she left the hearing on Tuesday.

One of the witnesses, US Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, appeared during the congressional hearing to share his account of the Capitol insurrection, describing how he was beaten with a flagpole and sprayed with chemical spray. He broke down into tears as a video of the riot played at the beginning of the hearing.

Kinzinger told the four officers who testified that they “won” and assured them that “democracies are not defined by our bad days.”

“We’re defined by how we come back from bad days, how we take accountability for that,” he said during the hearing.

In their opening statements, Cheney and Kinzinger called out their GOP colleagues, pointing to their own conservative beliefs and why other members of their caucus should support the investigation into January 6.

“I’m a Republican. I’m a conservative,” Kinzinger said in his opening statement. “But in order to heal from the damage caused that day, we need to call out the facts.”

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Cheney echoed a similar sentiment, saying she has “been a conservative Republican since 1984 when I first voted for Ronald Reagan,” but “if Congress does not act responsibly, this will remain a cancer on our Constitutional Republic, undermining the peaceful transfer of power at the heart of our democratic system.”

“We will face the threat of more violence in the months to come, and another January 6th every four years,” she said.

Some members of the GOP caucus called for Cheney and Kinzinger to be stripped of their committee assignments amid their participation on the House select committee, to which Kinzinger said “if people want to get petty, that’s fine. I think that reflects more on people than it does on the situation at hand.”

Cheney and Kinzinger are the only two Republicans serving on the House select committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s GOP picks for the panel – Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, both of whom voted against certifying the 2020 election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, two states where President Joe Biden won.

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement last week. “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”

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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger chokes up while telling police who fought off pro-Trump mob on January 6 that ‘you guys won’

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger wipes his eyes as he listens to testimony during a hearing by the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on July 27, 2021.

  • GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger praised officers who held off the pro-Trump mob on January 6.
  • Choking up during a House hearing on the Capitol attack, Kinzinger told them: “You guys won. You guys held.”
  • Kinzinger also slammed the “toxic” behavior of fellow Republicans attacking the House probe.
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Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Tuesday became emotional as he praised the officers who helped fight off the violent, pro-Trump mob that descended upon the US Capitol on January 6.

“You guys may feel, individually, a little broken … But you guys won. You guys held,” Kinzinger, a US Air Force veteran, told the officers during the first hearing held by the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.

“Democracies are not defined by our bad days. We’re defined by how we come back from bad days,” Kinzinger went on to say.

Kinzinger, one of two GOP lawmakers on the committee, also ripped into his fellow Republicans over their efforts to downplay the insurrection and dismiss the probe as a partisan sham.

“We still don’t know exactly what happened. Why? Because many in my party have treated this as just another partisan fight. It’s toxic and it’s a disservice to the officers and their families,” Kinzinger said.

The January 6 insurrection was provoked by President Donald Trump and his lies about the 2020 election. He repeated the false claim that the election had been “stolen” from him and urged the thousands of supporters who gathered near the White House that day to march on the Capitol. The rioters delayed but failed to prevent the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

In the immediate aftermath of the Capitol attack, a number of top Republicans condemned the rioters and excoriated Trump for inciting the riot. But the GOP’s tone shifted within weeks, and Senate Republicans ensured that Trump was acquitted after he was impeached over the insurrection. Republicans have since engaged in a coordinated effort to whitewash the insurrection and rewrite history, while pushing against efforts to investigate the Capitol attack.

Senate Republicans in late May blocked a bill to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection. This prompted the House to vote in favor of establishing a select committee to investigate the riot.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarty last week recommended five Republicans for the committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of his picks – Trump loyalists Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan. Both Banks and Jordan objected to the certification of the election results. McCarthy, who also objected to certification and spoke to Trump on the day of the insurrection, subsequently pulled all of his picks and said Republicans would pursue their own investigation. The GOP leader has dismissed the official House inquiry as a partisan “sham.”

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming has joined Kinzinger as the other Republican on the nine-member panel. Kinzinger and Cheney were among the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the January 6 insurrection.

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Pelosi appoints GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to serve on the January 6 select committee

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

  • Pelosi has tapped Rep. Adam Kinzinger to serve on the select committee that will investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.
  • “When duty calls, I will always answer,” the congressman said in accepting the appointment.
  • Pelosi hopes to add additional Republicans to the committee in the coming days.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday named GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois to the select committee set to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.

During a morning appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” the California Democrat said she would have to consult with Kinzinger about the committee, who has been one of the most prominent Republican voices against former President Donald Trump’s influence within the party.

Shortly after Pelosi’s television appearance, Kinzinger released a statement confirming that he would join the committee.

“Today, I was asked by the Speaker to serve on the House Select Committee to Investigate January 6th and I humbly accepted,” he wrote. “I will work diligently to ensure we get to the truth and hold those responsible for the attack fully accountable.”

He added: “For months, I have said that the American people deserve transparency and truth on how and why thousands showed up to attack our democracy, and ultimately, what led to the insurrection at the US Capitol Complex on January 6, 2021. … Let me be clear, I’m a Republican dedicated to conservative values, but I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution – and while this is not the position I expected to be in or sought out, when duty calls, I will always answer.”

In a statement, Pelosi praised Kinzinger for joining the committee.

“He brings great patriotism to the Committee’s mission: to find the facts and protect our Democracy,” she said.

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When asked on ABC if she planned to appoint additional Republicans to the panel, Pelosi expressed her support.

“That would be my plan … other Republicans have expressed an interest to serve on the select committee,” she said.

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who in May was removed from her leadership role as House Republican Conference Chair over her criticism of Trump, will be a part of the committee.

Kinzinger and Cheney were among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January for “incitement of insurrection” over his role in the riot.

Last week, Pelosi rejected the selection of GOP Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio to the committee investigating the Capitol riot, citing “concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members.”

Banks and Jordan are both deeply conservative and longtime Trump loyalists. The two men also voted to challenge President Joe Biden’s Electoral College certification, but Pelosi said that the vote did not drive her decision to boot them from the committee.

After Pelosi’s decision, GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said that he would pull every Republican member from the committee and pursue a separate Jan. 6 investigation, an effort that the speaker dismissed last week.

Pelosi indicated last week that she could back the appointments of McCarthy’s other committee picks, which included GOP Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, and Troy Nehls of Texas.

However, on “This Week,” the speaker doubled down on her opposition to Banks and Jordan being a part of the panel.

“The two that I would not appoint are people who would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation,” she said. “There’s no way I would tolerate their antics as we seek the truth.”

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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said his party has been hijacked by ‘outrage politics’ that is ‘going to get Americans killed’

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

  • Some GOP lawmakers were outraged when Biden suggested offering COVID-19 vaccines door-to-door.
  • GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said his party’s “outrage politics” is “going to get Americans killed.”
  • Biden missed his goal of inoculating 70% of American adults by July 4 as vaccine hesitancy persists.
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Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger said “outrage politics” being played by the GOP is “going to get Americans killed.”

Kinzinger was speaking on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday when Jake Tapper asked about the reactions of some Republican lawmakers to President Joe Biden’s plans to conduct door-to-door outreach to offer Americans vaccines.

Tapper noted that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said the effort sounded like Nazi brown shirts and Sen. Ted Cruz compared it to Soviet Russia.

“It’s absolute insanity,” Kinzinger said. “Now what President Biden said, maybe he could have said it slightly differently, is we’re willing to come to your house to give you the vaccine. At no point was anybody saying they’re going to break down your door and jam a vaccine in your arm despite your protests.”

“This is outrage politics, it is being played by my party, and it’s going to get Americans killed,” he continued.

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He also lambasted members of his party for posting “outrageous” things on Twitter for the retweets and attention it gets them.

“My party has been hijacked,” he said. “And for some people, it’s a fun ride, right? We can put out this outrageous stuff on Twitter. ‘Yeah! I’m getting all these retweets and everybody knows me. I’m famous.’ But this plane is going to crash into the ground.”

Kinzinger has represented Illinois’s 16th congressional district in the House since 2013. He has been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, including by voting in favor of his impeachment, and has frequently criticized pro-Trump lawmakers like Greene and Cruz.

On Tuesday, Biden suggested a door-to-door campaign to offer vaccines after the US fell short of his goal to have inoculated 70% of adults by July 4. As of Sunday, nearly 59% of American adults are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

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Trump is a ‘loser president’ and his supporters must accept his defeat, says GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger

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Donald Trump

  • Trump is a “loser president,” GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger has said.
  • Kinzinger questioned why Trump’s supporters still “worship a loser” despite his defeat last year.
  • It’s “high time” Republican lawmakers admit “that Joe Biden was elected president,” he said.
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Donald Trump is a “loser president,” Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois has said, after the former president held a rally during which he continued to insist he won last year’s presidential election.

Trump on Saturday evening held a rally in Ohio where he continued to baselessly claim his defeat was illegitimate.

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney compared the rally to professional wrestling, saying it was “entertaining, but it’s not real.”

Rep. Kinzinger, who voted to impeach Trump over the Capitol riot on January 6, told CNN that he “hoped” Romney was right but added: “There’s a lot of people … that really truly believe that Donald Trump was elected president again.”

He said: “What you saw yesterday was a recycling of those old talking points. It was a rally of a loser president.

“He’s the first president to lose reelection in decades. I don’t know why these folks would go there and in essence ogle at and in many cases just short of worship a loser, but they did.”

Kinzinger also referenced a conspiracy theory circulating among Trump supporters that he will be reinstated as president later this summer, saying: “There are enough people, frighteningly, that believe he’s going to be president in August.”

Kinzinger also said it was “high time” for Republican colleagues – many of whom have refused to reject Trump’s baseless election claims – to recognise Joe Biden as the legitimate president.

He has frequently criticized Republican colleagues for their failure to state that Trump’s election claims were baseless.

He said of Trump in May that Republican voters “had their patriotism abused by somebody that simply wants to use it to maintain power.”

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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger rejects Pence likening Trump to Ronald Reagan, says there’s ‘no comparison’ between the two

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Thursday rejected former Vice President Mike Pence’s comparison of former President Donald Trump to the late President Ronald Reagan, a Republican icon.

During a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Pence praised the 40th president, who served from 1981 to 1989, as a “one of a kind” and a “disruptor.”

Pence then linked Reagan’s legacy to that of Trump.

“President Donald Trump is also one of a kind,” the former vice president said. “He too disrupted the status quo. He challenged the establishment. He invigorated our movement, and he set a bold new course for America in the 21st century. And now, as then, there is no going back.”

He added: “Under President Trump’s leadership we were able to achieve things Republicans have been talking about since the days of Barry Goldwater.”

Goldwater, the late Arizona senator, was the 1964 Republican presidential nominee and lost in a landslide to then-President Lyndon B. Johnson in the general election.

When Kinzinger, who voted to impeach the former president for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, got wind of Pence’s comments, he was unforgiving in his assessment.

“Reagan inspired. Trump destroyed. No comparison,” he wrote on Twitter. “I am still amazed at these people that are so deferential to the weakest man I ever met.”

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Kinzinger has been highly critical of Trump and the Republican leadership in recent months, even drawing the ire of several family members who have accused him of “treason” for defying the former president.

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” last month, Kinzinger blasted Trump once again, telling host Chris Wallace that Republican voters have “had their patriotism abused by somebody that simply wants to use it to maintain power.”

Reagan, who was an actor and a two-term governor of California before becoming president, has been regularly hailed as an arbiter of modern conservatism.

In the 1980 presidential election, Reagan handily defeated then-President Jimmy Carter, and his 1984 reelection bid against former Vice President Walter Mondale saw him capture 49 out of 50 states. (Reagan narrowly lost Minnesota, which was Mondale’s home state.)

Pence also took time in his speech to defend his role in certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, expressing that he would “always be proud” of his actions as vice president.

For weeks, Trump tried earnestly to get Pence to reject the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory, to avail.

“The Constitution affords the vice president no authority to reject or return electoral votes submitted to the Congress by the states,” Pence said. “The truth is there is almost no idea more un-American than the idea that one person could choose the president. The presidency belongs to the American people and the American people alone.”

He added: “I will always be proud that we did our part on that tragic day to reconvene the Congress and fulfilled our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States.”

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Liz Cheney says it was ‘disgusting and despicable’ for fellow GOP Rep. Paul Gosar to accuse Capitol Police of ‘lying in wait’ for Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt

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Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

  • Liz Cheney rebuked Paul Gosar for saying that the Capitol Police “executed” Ashli Babbitt.
  • Babbitt, one of the Jan. 6 rioters, was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer.
  • “It is disgusting and despicable to see Gosar lie about that day,” Cheney said.
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GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming on Tuesday blasted fellow Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona for placing the blame for the death of Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt with the Capitol Police.

Cheney, one of the most prominent Republican critics of former President Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, rebuked Gosar for his comments in a tweet.

“On January 6, as the violent mob advanced on the House chamber, I was standing near @RepGosar and helped him open his gas mask,” she wrote. “The Capitol Police led us to safety. It is disgusting and despicable to see Gosar lie about that day and smear the men and women who defended us.”

During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday, Gosar questioned FBI director Christopher Wray about Babbitt, who was fatally shot by a Capitol police officer.

After Gosar asked Wray if he knew who “executed” Babbitt, Wray said that he didn’t know the name of the officer who was involved in the shooting.

“It’s disturbing,” Gosar said at the hearing. “The Capitol police officer that did this shooting appeared to be hiding, lying in wait and then gave no warning before killing her.”

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In April, the Department of Justice announced that they would not pursue charges against the officer who shot and killed Babbitt.

In a statement at the time, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said “the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber.”

On Tuesday, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a vocal Trump critic, also criticized Gosar for his comments regarding Babbitt.

“You’re sick Paul, sadly,” he tweeted. “Truth is, Ashli was manipulated by people like you and breached an area and put lives in danger despite being repeatedly warned not to. The real criminals are the liars abusing people for political power.”

Since the Jan. 6 riot, some of the most conservative House members have tried to downplay the severity of the attack, including Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, who described the harrowing scene at the Capitol as similar to a “normal tourist visit.”

Later on Tuesday, Gosar and 20 other House Republicans voted against legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to police officers who protected lawmakers during the riot.

The legislation easily cleared the House in a 406-21 vote.

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GOP Rep. Paul Gosar was slammed after praising Ashli Babbitt, who was killed while storming the Capitol on January 6

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U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., speaks during a Congressional field hearing on the Affordable Care Act in Apache Junction, Ariz. Gosar appears to be signaling support for a conspiracy theory that Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

  • Ashli Babbit was shot and killed by police while storming the Capitol on January 6.
  • GOP Rep. Paul Gosar praised Babbitt and claimed she was “executed.”
  • On Friday, he was slammed for praising her with quotes from a U2 song about Martin Luther King Jr.
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GOP Rep. Paul Gosar was slammed after praising Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by police while storming the Capitol on January 6.

In a tweet, Gosar wrote: “They took her life. They could not take her pride. #onemoreinthenameoflove.”

The message paraphrased lyrics from the song “Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2, which is about Martin Luther King Jr.

Babbit was one of five people who died after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol.

She was shot by a Capitol Police officer when she tried to climb through a door where the glass had been broken out in the Speaker’s Lobby outside the chamber where members of the House of Representatives were meeting. The officer fired one round from his service pistol that hit her left shoulder, the agency said.

The Justice Department did not pursue charges against the officer who shot and killed Babbit and said there was insufficient evidence to support criminal charges.

Gosar, a Republican from Arizona, previously defended the rioters, calling them “peaceful patriots.” He’s also claimed Babbitt was “executed.”

So far, 500 people have been arrested for alleged crimes tied to their activity during the Capitol attack.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who was one of a few Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the Capitol insurrection, responded with “Paul you’ve lost your mind.”

“Side note to anyone watching, don’t breach the house floor illegally, especially after warned,” Kinzinger added.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene must be expelled from GOP conference for Holocaust comments, says Adam Kinzinger

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Marjorie Taylor Greene and Adam Kinzinger

  • Adam Kinzinger says Greene should be expelled from the GOP conference for her Holocaust comments.
  • “What we can do … is take a stand and say you don’t belong in our conference,” Kinzinger said.
  • More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for Greene’s expulsion from the House.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene should be expelled from the GOP conference because of her comments comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust, her Republican colleague Adam Kinzinger said.

Rep. Kinzinger said that their party should “take a stand” and “say you don’t belong” at the conference.

“You can’t stop somebody from calling themselves a Republican,” Kinzinger told a Politico Live event on Tuesday.

Kinzinger has vocally criticized former President Donald Trump for his role in the Capitol riot on January 6, and earlier in May compared the Republican party to a “sinking” Titanic ship following Rep. Liz Cheney’s expulsion from House leadership.

“What we can do as a party is take a stand and say you don’t belong in our conference,” he said.

“That’s what I think we should do. I think we should kick her out of the conference, prevent her from coming to conference meetings, benefiting from conference materials.”

Greene, a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, initially drew the comparison between mask mandates and the Holocaust in an interview with far-right network Real America’s Voice. It came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi enforced mask-wearing rules inside the Capitol building.

“You know, we can look back in a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany,” Greene said.

“And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”

The comments drew intense criticism from House lawmakers, as well as from the Auschwitz Museum, but Greene refused to apologize for them, claiming she was being bullied by Democratic colleagues.

Kinzinger said that while he hadn’t yet spoken to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about Greene, “we’re going to be looking at what we can do” to expel her.

“[McCarthy] obviously has the ability to remove people from leadership or remove people from the conference,” Kinzinger said, adding “I hope he does.”

The comments came as more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for Greene’s expulsion from the House for her comments.

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