Retiring Rep. Adam Kinzinger Accuses GOP of ‘Profiting on Populism,’ Says ‘Focus’ Is Money

( Now that he is in his final year in Congress, Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger is unloading on his Republican colleagues.

This week, he accused Republicans of “profiting on populism,” saying the “focus” is now on “raising money.”

Kinzinger has long been an outcast in the Republican Party, as he’s not a supporter of former President Donald Trump. He has gone off on his fellow Republican members of Congress who continue to stand by Trump even after he left office.

Kinzinger, who is retiring at the end of this term, is one of only two Republicans who is serving on the House select committee that is investigating the January 6, 2021, attacks on the U.S. Capitol building. He is also one of the 10 Republican members of the House who voted to impeach Trump.

In an interview he conducted with Yahoo News recently, Kinzinger said his party now promotes “lies and conspiracies.” He said:

“It leaves me sad of what the party has become. This is a party that always attracted me for the truth-tellingness, the kind of realism and the American strength aspect of foreign policy, the not playing into people’s emotions on the role of the federal government, the saying what needs to be said when it gets too big, etc. That’s been lost. It’s now a party that is profiting on populism, and that has one focus: raising money.

“It’s a disappointing moment. We have to continue to fight for the soul of it because just as it was corrupted over time, it can be fixed over time. But the bottom line of it is that we’re in a moment where truth doesn’t matter, and this party will be around for a while.

“It’s depressing to think that’s where we are with it.”

This isn’t the first time that Kinzinger has criticized his fellow Republicans. Last week, he told MSNBC that the GOP is now “unrecognizable” to him.

He went on:

“What has changed is the use of conspiracy, the absolute lack of courage to call it out, the fear that permeates leaders of the Republican Party against a man [Trump] that is basically insane. You know, sending out press releases from Mar-a-Lago.

“It’s unrecognizable, and it’s sad because the Republican Party will exist, and it’s a major political party in the United States. We need conservative voices out there as well.”

Trump and many of the former president’s supporters have gone off on Kinzinger, calling for his removal from the Republican Conference in the House altogether. Trump has even said that Kinzinger and Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney — the other Republican on the House January 6 investigating committee — are “spies for the Democrats.”

The former president has endorsed a primary challenger to Cheney for the 2022 midterms, but Kinzinger isn’t seeking another term in Congress. So, luckily for most Republicans, they won’t have to deal with the Illinois representative anymore in the future.