Kinzinger Farewell Speech: GOP ‘Has Embraced Lies And Deceit’

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) used his House farewell speech today to call out the Republican party for embracing "lies and deceit."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) used his House farewell speech today to call out the Republican party for embracing “lies and deceit.”

From Kinzinger’s speech:

“Following the tragic Oklahoma City bombing, former President George H.W. Bush publicly refuted those who used fear to gain support. In stark contrast, our leaders today belittle, and in some cases justify, attacks on the U.S. Capitol as ‘legitimate political discourse.'”

“The once-great party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan has turned its back on the ideals of liberty and self-governance. Instead, it has embraced lies and deceit.

“The Republican party used to believe in a big tent. which welcomed the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Now, we shelter the ignorant, the racist, who only stoke anger and hatred.”

As most informed folks know, Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) were the only two Republicans willing to serve on the committee investigating the violent January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building.

From the Chicago SunTimes:

In October 2021, Kinzinger decided not to run again after Springfield Democrats, drawing new maps based on the 2020 census, threw him in a district with another Republican incumbent.

The political reality was that Kinzinger — one of 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 attack — and his membership on the investigative committee — would have found it difficult to impossible to win a GOP primary.

In the last year, Kinzinger’s profile has only grown, through his work on the Jan. 6 committee and the fact that even with all that is known about Trump now — in large part due to the Jan. 6 panel’s probe — Kinzinger is still one of the few elected Republicans willing to speak out.

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