Acknowledging his determination was “potentially” a win for Trump, Kinzinger mentioned it’s the GOP institution that’s consistently handing Trump victories, notably in supporting his baseless statements that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“I don’t think it was my decision that would hand Donald Trump a win,” he instructed host George Stephanopoulos. “I really assume what is going on on right here is that if he runs in 2024, he’ll be the front-runner little doubt, however I believe the Republican institution now, whether or not it is the NRCC, whether or not it is [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy, have held onto Donald Trump. It’s not handing a win as a lot to Donald Trump as it’s to the cancerous type of lie and conspiracy.“
Kinzinger additionally mentioned that redistricting by Democrats in Illinois, which might have made his reelection harder, was a think about his departure. And he mentioned a variety of Americans are feeling alienated from the 2 main political events as of late. “There’s a lot of people that feel politically homeless,” he mentioned.
Kinzinger and Cheney are the one Republicans on the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 revolt on the Capitol. He declined to speculate whether or not the president could possibly be prosecuted for his position within the occasions of that day.
“I don’t feel comfortable making that statement yet,” he mentioned. “I’ll say this: We’re getting a lot of information. We are continuing to learn things every day. Some of which gets out to the press. Some that doesn’t. If the president was aware of what was going to happen, didn’t lift a finger to do anything about it, that’s up to the DOJ to make that decision.”