Republican congressman compares party’s loyalty to Trump to North Korea

Sinead Butler
Monday 17 May 2021 14:04
Politics

The Republican House Representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district is a Trump critic

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A Republican congressman who voted to impeach Donald Trump condemned their party for it’s unwavering loyalty to the former president and even compared their allegiance to North Korea.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. said he’s heard many people say, “I don’t like what Donald Trump tweets, but I like his policies, so I’m going to support him.”

Kinzinger, is a frequent Trump critic and certainly didn’t mince his words on NBC News’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday when discussing his party.

He even went as far as to compare the GOP’s loyalty to Trump to North Korea’s loyalty to dictator Kim Jong-un.

“Policy doesn’t matter anymore. It literally is all your loyalty to Donald Trump. As I’ve said before, this is something that, like, echoes a little bit out of North Korea, where no matter what policy comes out, you’re loyal to the guy,” Kinzinger said.

Kinzinger was just one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump back in January due to the U.S Capitol insurrection on Jan 6.

He added: “What that shows to me is an inconsistency that is built solely around allegiance to one man: Donald Trump. And we have to recognize that as a party. And we have to recognize that four months ago we allowed, basically, the narrative to lead to an insurgency on January 6,” the GOP lawmaker said. “And until we take ownership of that, we can’t heal.”

This comes days after Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo was ousted from her position as GOP conference chair due to her criticism of Trump.

On Fox News Sunday Cheney said that Trump remains “a continuing danger to our [democratic] system,” arguing that the most Trump voters “have been misled, they’ve been betrayed” by the former president’s frequent repeating of falsehoods and conspiracy theories.

Though it looks like Republicans are unanimous in their opinion of Cheney.

A CBS News poll released Sunday found that 80% of registered Republicans who had heard about the vote to remove Cheney from leadership approved of the decision.

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