GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Saturday said that former President Donald Trump is “winning” the battle over the direction of the party because so many Republicans have chosen to quietly “watch from the sidelines.”
In a video statement that appeared on Twitter, the congressman discussed Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, the Ohio GOP lawmaker who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol and last week announced that he would not stand for reelection.
“A couple days ago, my friend Anthony Gonzales announced he won’t run again, and now the pundits and politicos are discussing whether this means that Trump won,” Kinzinger said. “So, let me answer this question. Yes, as of now, Trump is winning. Not because Anthony decided not to run, but because so many in the Republican Party decided to stay silent.”
He added: “Ten of us voted to impeach the former guy, fulfilling our Constitutional duty, yet so many GOP colleagues watch from the sidelines lacking courage to speak out while privately hoping for change.” Kinzinger spoke out about his GOP colleagues who are remaining silent.
“The future of power and politics in this country doesn’t rest on the ten of us,” he said. “It rests on the courage on the 180 others who have been silent so far. My GOP colleagues – the time is now to speak up.” He added: “If you think Trump leads our party, you own his comments or you must denounce them. If you think he doesn’t lead our party, you must publicly say that. The time for hiding is over.”
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