U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger seems to be seeking to fill the void left that’s opening at the Lincoln Project implodes.
The Lincoln Project was an anti-Trump PAC started by former Republicans who claimed they wanted to save the GOP from Donald Trump. But in essence, it was a glorified albeit thinly veiled grift, wherein the founding members got fat off the hefty contributions – roughly $87 million worth — from gullible liberals.
The Project is breaking apart after revelations that founding member John Weaver was trolling for young men, one reportedly as young as 14, with dirty talk on social media with promises of career enhancement in exchange for certain favors. Weaver quit, as now have two other founders.
Sensing room to operate on that left end of the Republican spectrum, Kinzinger has announced the launch of his own liberal anti-Trump PAC. In essence, this is the philosophy of that unidentified U.S. Army major in Vietnam who told the media that we had to destroy a village in order to save it.
The Hill reported on Kinzinger’s move on Wednesday, saying he wanted to excise “Trumpism” from the Republican Party.
“I don’t care what you believe, as long as you believe it: you can be pro-life, pro-choice, pro-gun, anti-gun, right?” the Illinois Republican said.
“We’ve gotten into too many, you have to be this or this. I just want you to tell the American people the truth. And I want you to not peddle in conspiracies and use some optimism occasionally, that’s a pretty low bar, but it’s a low bar that eliminates a lot of people.”
This should go well. Congress is clearly overrun with anti-gun, pro-choice Republicans.
Kinzinger was one of 10 Republicans to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, and one of 11 Republicans to support stripping GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green o er committee assignments.
Kinzinger told The Hill that Green was at the top of a “huge list” of Republicans he wanted gone.
Another name heading that list was Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida.
Gaetz is an unapologetic Trump supporter.
He went Wyoming to denounce GOP Rep. Liz Cheney on her home turf for backing Trump’s impeachment. He has called on GOP voters to elect “America First” candidates. And recently Gaetz said he would resign his seat to defend Trump in the Senate if the 45th president invited him to.
Gaetz had some choice words for Kinzinger after making the cut to be cut.
“Adam is a patriot who fought for America from Northwest Florida. We will always appreciate & honor his service,” Gaetz tweeted in response. Gaetz represents the Florida Panhandle.
“Now, he wants to target my America First politics, referencing me by name. My response: F—ing bring it. Adam needs PACs to win elections. I don’t.”
While Kinzinger is seeking opponents for lawmakers like Greene and Gaetz, his impeachment vote has already inspired a primary challenger for 2022.
Additionally, there is an open question as to whether Kinzinger’s anti-Trumpism can save him when the Democrats in the Illinois legislature redraw congressional boundaries next year.
Reporting on this issue in December, the Washington Examiner quoted Jim Lewis, a redistricting expert at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Regarding Kinzinger, Lewis said, “I wouldn’t be comfortable if I were in his shoes.”