Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says racist tweets ‘further divide us’
CHANNAHON — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) called Trump’s recent racist tweets were wrong and divisive but also said “seeing countless media folks threaten over the ‘supposed’ silence” also contributed division.
Kinzinger is the only member of the Illinois Congressional delegation’s GOP members to even object to Trump’s tweets. There has also been silence from the Illinois Republican Party and the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois.
Kinzinger put the statement out on his Facebook and Twitter profiles on Monday, more than a day after the tweets.
Trump sent out a series of tweets saying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashia Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), progressive Democratic representatives and members of “The Squad,” were really American and should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley were all born in the U.S. and Omar has been a citizen since she was 17 and has been in the country since she was 10.
Trump has doubled down despite condemnation by Democrats and the media, with some token objections from the GOP. He’s even demand the four representatives apologize for “horrible & disgusting actions.”
Kinzinger said in the statement that “what the president tweeted this weekend was wrong, and does nothing but further divide us. We can and should debate the ideas and argue over different polices. But to denigrate those you disagree with, especially like this, is not reflective of the high honor and responsibility that the office of the Presidency carries.”
Despite one of the more strongly worded objections from a Republican, Kinzinger then complained both about the pressure against Republicans for not condeming the tweets and about having to constantly respond to outrageous comments from Trump as well as not having the time to do it. Kinzinger endorsed Trump for president.
The rep also said that the current environment “is an ugly time for political discourse and we must ALL work harder to improve it.”
This is an especially ugly time for our political discourse, and we must all work harder to improve it. pic.twitter.com/m4i6a5w1FC
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) July 15, 2019