Republican Adam Kinzinger Mocks Trump for 'Whining and Wallowing' in Victimhood

Representative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, mocked former President Donald Trump after he again took aim at GOP lawmakers that had supported his second impeachment.

The former president was impeached by the House of Representatives in mid-January for inciting his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in a bid to overturn President Joe Biden's election victory.

Kinzinger and nine other House Republicans voted alongside Democrats to impeach Trump. In the Senate, seven GOP senators voted with all 50 members of the chamber's Democratic Caucus to convict Trump, but that still fell short of the high constitutional threshold of a two-thirds majority required for a conviction.

Trump has repeatedly slammed the Republicans that voted against him. In a Wednesday statement, Trump took aim at Senator Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, and Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, both of whom voted against him in the impeachment.

Kinzinger retweeted a link to a Daily Caller article reporting on Trump's statement, mocking the former president.

Wait, Donald Trump was whining and wallowing in self pity and victimhood??? Oh ya it was a Wednesday.

— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) April 15, 2021

"Wait, Donald Trump was whining and wallowing in self pity and victimhood??? Oh ya it was a Wednesday," Kinzinger wrote in a Thursday tweet. The article Kinzinger retweeted was titled: "Trump Slams Lisa Murkowski, Says He Will Endorse Liz Cheney Challenger 'Soon.'"

Kinzinger also retweeted a clip from an interview Cheney did with Fox News in which she asserted that she would not support Trump if he became the Republican Party's nominee in 2024. "Easy," Kinzinger wrote, voicing his support and agreement with Cheney's position.


— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) April 15, 2021

"Great news for the Republican Party! Senator Lisa Murkowski said she is 'still weighing whether she will run again' for the Senate in Alaska. In other words, there is a chance that she won't run! Wouldn't that be great," Trump wrote in his Wednesday statement. "So many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney—but we only want one," the former GOP president added. "She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote. Hopefully, that won't happen. I'll make an Endorsement soon!"

Kinzinger has become one of Trump's harshest critics in the wake of the January 6 attack against the U.S. Capitol. Even prior to the insurrection, the GOP congressman would regularly fact-check and push back against the groundless claims of widespread voter fraud promoted by Trump and his allies.

The Illinois Republican has also condemned staunchly pro-Trump lawmakers and Republicans who promote baseless conspiracy theories, such as QAnon.

Catalina Lauf, a former Trump administration aide, has already announced a primary challenge against Kinzinger for the Republican Party's 2022 nomination in his Illinois district. Lauf reportedly traveled to Florida in March and met directly with the former president.

Polls have consistently shown that Republican voters largely continue to approve of Trump, with many suggesting the former president would be the clear front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination if he ran again in 2024.

But Kinzinger has also drawn national attention and already raked in $2.2 million in contributions between his re-election campaign and a new anti-Trump super PAC he formed earlier this year.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's office for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

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Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) mocked former President Donald Trump for "whining and wallowing in self pity" in a Thursday tweet. In the photo, Kinzinger speaks as Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on March 10 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images