Chicago Tribune: GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says he still backs Trump after civil war tweet

but ‘I’ve made it clear that there are things I don’t like that he’s saying’

Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger said Thursday he still supports President Donald Trump despite his criticism of the president’s inflammatory rhetoric earlier this week as “beyond repugnant.”

“The president and I have a good relationship," said Kinzinger, who has often been critical of Trump’s rhetoric. "This is what people don’t understand. We actually get along well, we respect each other. When we disagree, we tell each other that.”

Kinzinger, speaking to reporters before a congressional hearing on crime at Kennedy-King College in the South Side Englewood neighborhood, also said he didn’t take offense about being the lone Illinois Republican member of Congress left off the state’s leadership team for Trump’s reelection effort.

“I wasn’t asked, it’s fine,” said Kinzinger, who’s from Channahon and represents a far west and southwest suburban district “I don’t think it’s a decision probably that the president made, probably his political operatives.”

Earlier this week, Kinzinger received national attention for rebuking a comment from the Rev. Robert Jeffress, of the Southern Baptist megachurch First Baptist Dallas, that Trump repeated. Jeffress said in a tweet: “If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, it will cause a civil war like fracture in this nation from which our country will never heal.”

Kinzinger, a former Air Force pilot, responded on Twitter: “I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. … I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant.”

On Thursday, Kinzinger said he has “no regrets” about his tweet.

“Some people maybe took that tweet and jumped to this idea that I support impeachment. I don’t. I just didn’t think the president should be tweeting about civil war. I think that, as a guy that’s seen war and also has been to significantly war-torn places, it’s not something (that) anybody should dip a toe in. Even a congressman or city councilman or anybody.”

 

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