Trump touts Kinzinger's retirement: '2 down, 8 to go'

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death MORE gloated Friday after Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerJan. 6 committee subpoenas leaders of 'America First' movement Kinzinger welcomes baby boy Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' MORE (R-Ill.) announced he will not seek reelection in 2022, a decision that made him the latest House GOP critic of Trump's to make plans to exit Congress.

“2 down, 8 to go!” Trump said in a brief statement through his leadership PAC, Save America. 

Kinzinger is the second House Republican who voted earlier this year to impeach Trump to announce retirement plans.


Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezRedistricting reform key to achieving the bipartisanship Americans claim to want Ohio state Rep. Emilia Sykes enters House race with map in limbo Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' MORE (R-Ohio), who also broke party lines in the impeachment vote, said last month that he wouldn’t seek reelection. 

Had he decided to run for reelection, Gonzalez would have faced a challenging primary against a Trump-backed candidate. 

In all, 10 House Republicans voted in January to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Since then, each has drawn the ire of the former president, who has vowed to campaign against his detractors within the GOP next year.

Despite the strong headwinds Kinzinger faced within his own party, however, there were other forces at play in his decision to retire. Illinois lawmakers on Thursday night approved a new congressional map that did away with his Republican-majority district. 

Under the new map, Kinzinger would have been lumped into the same district as Rep. Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodFour states to feature primaries with two incumbents in 2022 GOP Rep. Mary Miller announces reelection bid with Trump endorsement GOP beginning to jockey for post-election leadership slots MORE (R). Had he run for reelection, Kinzinger would have likely faced a bruising primary brawl against a reliable ally of Trump's.