Donald Trump-supporting relatives of GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger wrote the Illinois Republican a letter slamming him for joining Democrats voting to impeach the former president for the deadly U.S. Capitol riot.
Kinzinger called for Trump to be removed from office following the violence, saying the ex-president was “unmoored, not just from his duty, but from reality itself.” Kinzinger later called on Senate Republicans to convict the ex-president. Trump was acquitted Saturday, with all but seven Republicans voting in Trump’s favor.
“You should be very proud that you have lost the respect of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Greg Kelly, etc., and most importantly in our book, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh and us!” his family added, referencing Fox News personalities and right-wing radio hosts.
Kinzinger’s relatives added it “is now most embarrassing to us that we are related to you.”
“You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name,” they said.
Kinzinger dismissed the letter, telling the Times that his relatives had been brainwashed by pro-Trump conservative churches.
“I hold nothing against them, but I have zero desire or feel the need to reach out and repair that,” he said. “That is 100 percent on them to reach out and repair, and quite honestly, I don’t care if they do or not.”
Kinzinger earlier this year launched a political action committee to take on the pro-Trump factions of the GOP.