GOP Lawmaker Says He’s Sorry For Backing Trump, May Be Open To Third Party
A Republican congressman from Illinois suggested on Monday that he regrets voting for President Donald Trump in November, having seen how Trump has handled his electoral loss, and may be open to a third party if the GOP continues down its current path.
Via Yahoo News:
In an interview with Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast, Rep. Adam Kinzinger also said he is worried about the prospects for violence around the Capitol on Wednesday, when tens of thousands of Trump supporters are expected to show up for protests aimed at pressuring lawmakers to block Joe Biden’s election. Those protesters, he said, have been victimized by a “scam” perpetrated by Trump.
“I would say if I knew everything I know now, I’d probably think differently,” Kinzinger said when asked about his vote for Trump last November. While he had supported the president “based on policy,” Kinzinger said that Trump’s behavior since the election — questioning the legitimacy of the election and threatening “the underpinnings of democracy” — represents a “massive demarcation” in presidential behavior. He added at one point: “I’ll tell you everything I’m hearing is, he’s freaking out generally.”
Kinzinger said even Trump’s supporters know that planned GOP challenges to the Electoral College votes will not change the election results, adding that he remains uncertain over the fate of his party. Kinzinger said during the interview: “Look, if this party continues down this path, then I think there’s going to be room for a new party.”
The lawmaker also weighed in on Trump’s recorded call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), during which the president pressured the official to “find” him more votes and made threats of criminal consequences.
Kinzinger said he would leave it up to the FBI to determine whether Trump’s phone call should be investigated for criminal conduct. But he said, “The threat to the secretary of state — the veiled threats of law action — is frightening.”