Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) can’t stand conservatives’ support of former President Donald Trump, indicating as much during a new interview, but was still forced to admit that Trump is still “the leader of the Republican Party.”
The congressman appeared Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with host Chuck Todd. He argued the GOP should not continue to embrace Trump’s election fraud claims and leadership of the conservative movement.
“Well it’s two things. Number one, Trump set the table. He’s the one that continually brings up a stolen election narrative,” Kinzinger said.
“He’s the one that has convinced, members of Congress, including what we saw a few days ago, to have a hearing on January 6th and claimed that this was nothing but a tourist group, or that it was hugs and kisses,” the congressman added.
Kinzinger also highlighted the contradiction among Republicans who say the party should move on from Trump when they have given him leadership of the party through House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) actions.
“You cannot on the one hand say that Donald Trump is a leader or the leader of the Republican Party — which I believe he is the leader of the Republican Party right now because Kevin McCarthy gave him his leadership card. You can’t say he’s the leader and then say we have to move on. I would love to move on, Chuck,” Kinzinger said.
WATCH: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) says he would “love to move on” from former President Trump, but Kevin McCarthy “gave [Trump] his leadership card.”@RepKinzinger: “Trump set the table, he’s the one continually brining up stolen-election narrative.” pic.twitter.com/LH2Wtkd1lC
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Kinzinger concluded that for many Republicans, loyalty to Trump ranks above any policy. “Well I think what it means to say to any Republican that’s maybe kind of confused by the moment we’re in is policy doesn’t matter anymore. It literally is all your loyalty to Donald Trump.”