Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Was the first Republican to vote for a resolution to force former Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment after former President Donald Trump launched the Capitol uprising had instigated. He says he knows it has hurt his future career opportunities.
"The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you are already dead," he told the Washington Post, citing a scene from the HBO World War II series, The Band of Brothers.
"I'm ready to get this whole thing out of the water at any time," he said of his career in politics, noting that he has "felt very isolated in my party since he expressed his support for the former Hold presidents accountable. " Very isolated and very lonely. "
Kinzinger believes that now that Trump is no longer in power, the Republican Party will face a major settlement. He highlights the rifts within the party itself, while part of it tries to move forward and the other part continues to try to woo Trump's base, who believe his unfounded claims that the election was fraudulent.
"I think we're going to have an epic battle to define this party in the next six months," said Kinzinger.
The interview was published the day after 45 Republican senators voted against the impeachment trial of the former president, arguing that holding a trial against a president who is no longer in office would be unconstitutional.
"Individuals are not charged. The impeachment is impeachment, and the defendant here has already resigned," Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Told reporters yesterday. "Forty-five votes mean the impeachment is dead on arrival . "
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), one of five Republicans who voted for the process, disagreed.
"My review has led me to conclude that it is constitutional to recognize impeachment. It is not just about removing a president, but also political ramifications," she said.
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.