GOP congressman hits back at Fox News host after criticism

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBlinken grilled in first hearing since Afghanistan withdrawal Sunday shows - Manchin says he won't vote for .5 trillion bill Kinzinger says GOP fundraising on vaccine mandates are 'playing on people's fear' MORE (R-Ill.) hit back at Fox News host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinFormer California senator prods Feinstein to consider retirement Elder pledges to replace Feinstein with Republican if he wins California recall election Sunday shows preview: Feds slam social media over COVID-19 misinformation MORE on Thursday after Levin condemned the congressman, calling for his defeat in his next Republican primary. 

Kinzinger labeled Levin as “The Godfather of ‘outrage for profit’” in a tweet. 

 

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The Illinois Republican’s response came after Levin posted a series of tweets calling him a “very devious and reckless politician.”

“He was elected as a Tea Party candidate 10 years ago and quickly turned on them,” Levin said. “He is now an activist for the administrative state and against constitutionalists.”

The Fox News host slammed Kinzinger for his recent jabs against President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE and other Republicans’ efforts to overturn the Electoral College results. The Illinois representative has accused Trump of “trying to discredit” the election and called his and others’ unfounded claims that it was marred by widespread fraud a “scam.” 

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“Unsurprisingly, he’s celebrated by the Dem-Party media,” Levin tweeted. “His attack on those earnestly trying to fix what the Dems broke during this election cycle & their efforts to prevent further usurpations of the the Constitution (as they’ve announced their intentions), is unconscionable.”

“He should be defeated at the ballot box in the next Republican primary,” Levin concluded. “Then he can join CNN or MSNBC as a full-time, conservative-trashing contributor.”

Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksWatchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments Jan. 6 panel seeks records of those involved in 'Stop the Steal' rally Jan. 6 panel to ask for preservation of phone records of GOP lawmakers who participated in Trump rally: report MORE (R-Ala.) is leading a charge in the House to contest the Electoral College certified vote next week. Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Hawley pledges to slow walk Biden's Pentagon, State picks over messy Afghanistan exit MORE (R-Mo.) expressed his support for the challenge earlier this week, meaning Congress will have to debate the matter.

But Congress is unlikely to back objections to state counts as Democrats control the House and several Republicans and party leaders in the Senate are against the move.