- 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.
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.”
-Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 11, 2021
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.