Kinzinger acknowledged that his decision “potentially” was a victory for Trump, saying that it is the GOP establishment that is constantly giving Trump victories, especially by supporting his baseless statements that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“I do not think it was my decision that would give Donald Trump a victory,” he told host George Stephanopoulos. “I actually think what’s going on here is that if he runs in 2024, he’s definitely going to be the frontrunner, but I think the Republican establishment now, whether it’s the NRCC, whether it is [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy, has stuck with Donald Trump. It does not give Donald Trump as much of a victory as it does to the cancerous form of lies and conspiracy. “
Kinzinger also said redistribution of Democrats in Illinois, which would have made his re-election more difficult, was a factor in his resignation. And he said many Americans feel alienated from the two major political parties these days. “There are a lot of people who feel politically homeless,” he said.
Kinzinger and Cheney are the only Republicans on Parliament’s panel investigating the January 6 uprising at the Capitol. He declined to speculate on whether the president could be prosecuted for his role in the events that day.
“I do not feel comfortable making that statement yet,” he said. “I want to say this: We get a lot of information. We keep learning things every day. Some of them come out to the press. Some do not. If the president was aware of what was going to happen, did not lift a finger. to do something about it, it’s up to the DOJ to make that decision. “