Trump ‘becoming irrelevant’, former supporters ‘can’t stand it’: Kinzinger

Representative Adam Kinzinger, a prominent conservative critic of Donald Trump, claimed in an interview Sunday that the former president was becoming increasingly “irrelevant.”

Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of last year, appeared on ABC This week. His comments followed a question about how the committee’s findings might have affected the ex-president’s reputation among Republican voters, with the congressman responding that the more significant effects might be more visible in the long run.

“It doesn’t seem to have, you know, a ton of impact,” Kinzinger said. “Maybe people are looking more towards a potential for, I don’t know, a Ron DeSantis. Trumpism isn’t dying, even if Trump becomes irrelevant. I hear a lot of anecdotal things , on the edges, of people who I’ve been hard on Trump who now can’t take it anymore.

“I think, though, in the long term…in about five years, I still believe it’s going to be hard to find someone who will ever admit that they’ve been a Trump supporter, and I think that’s where that this impact occurs, in the future the story.”

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said Sunday he thinks former President Donald Trump is becoming less and less relevant to voters. Above is a snapshot of Kinzinger during a hearing.
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Despite Kinzinger’s take, Trump enjoys considerable support in the polls, leading all hypothetical candidates in the Republican presidential primary in 2024. As Kinzinger noted, some support has begun to shift to the Florida governor. , Ron DeSantis, who polls show has the most support from outside GOP voters. of Trump.

The former president has yet to officially declare his candidacy for 2024, although he has consistently hinted at his intention to seek a second term in his public statements. Some reports have alleged Trump was considering an early campaign announcement in an effort to dodge criminal charges based on the findings of the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6.

On Saturday, Trump told attendees at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Florida: “If I stayed home, if I announced that I was not going to run for office, the persecution of Donald Trump would stop immediately. But it do they want I gotta do And you know what? There’s no way I’m gonna do that.

Newsweek contacted Trump’s office for comment.

Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the only other Republican on the House Select Committee, said in an interview with CNN on Sunday. State of the Union that Trump’s actions on January 6 and his attempts to void the 2020 election constituted “the most serious misconduct by any president in the history of our nation.” However, she also said the select committee has yet to decide whether to refer the criminal charges against Trump to the Justice Department.

“As I said, the committee has yet to decide whether or not we will make criminal referrals,” she added. “It’s something that we take very seriously. And I would also say that the Justice Department, certainly, is very focused … on what is the largest criminal investigation in American history.”


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