Adam Kinzinger Claps Back at Illinois County GOP's Vote to Censure Him: 'Thanks for Playing'

Illinois GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger responded to the latest censure effort against him by local party officials, telling Will County Republicans Sunday to take another look at who won the November presidential election.

Kinzinger has drawn the party's ire since becoming one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump last month. Several members of the six-term Illinois congressman's own family reportedly penned letter saying he'd turned to the "devil," after he began publicly rejecting Trump's "widespread voting fraud" claims in late November.

The Will County GOP, which announced that its central committee voted this past Thursday on the censure, claimed Kinzinger has attacked any and all voters of Trump in the November election—something they said he did because the former president refused to appoint him to a military position.

"Rep. Kinzinger's feelings about former President Donald J. Trump is well known. We witnessed the support and then subsequent bashing of President Trump, after he refused to appoint Kinzinger as the Secretary of the Air Force," Will County's GOP said in a statement to Patch Sunday.

"The last straw was Kinzinger's unconstitutional impeachment support against Donald Trump that quickly escalated to attacks on other duly elected Republicans in the Senate and Trump supporters. The Congressman's launching of a Political Action Committee (PAC) to go after conservative, patriot Republicans demonstrates he no longer represents the 9,000 plus voters in the Will County portion of the district that supported President Trump. He disregarded other elected Republican voters' wishes across the United States in furtherance."

Kinzinger on Sunday issued a blunt a reply to the Will County GOP:

"The problem with your #censurefrenzy and your 76 million vote figure is that 82 million voted differently and we live in a country that respects that. Thanks for playing though," Kinzinger tweeted Sunday.

The problem with your #censurefrenzy and your 76 million vote figure is that 82 million voted differently and we live in a country that respects that. Thanks for playing though.

— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) February 21, 2021

Unlike the former president, Kinzinger was re-elected to his post in Congress last November. He's now held that seat in Illinois' 16th Congressional District since 2013.

Kinzinger has recently expanded his criticism from Trump to the Republican Party as a whole. Last week, the GOP congressman told HBO host Bill Maher that people in his party get elected through a "steady diet of fear." Kinzinger said Republicans across the country are getting elected simply on fears of "socialism" being promoted by local GOP candidates.

He described the people involved in the January 6 Capitol insurrection as "pure evil" that may represent the post-Trump Republican Party.

"It's just fear...when you think that's your terminal job or you're going to go higher, you live in fear of anything to do," Kinzinger said, highlighting many lawmakers' desperate attempts to remain in office at all costs.

Newsweek reached out to Kinzinger's office for additional remarks Sunday morning.

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger attends the 2014 Global Leadership Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 22, 2014 in New York City. Mike Pont/FilmMagic