GOP congressman hits back at Fox News host after criticism

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerUpton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? Kinzinger says he is 'in total peace' after impeachment vote MORE (R-Ill.) hit back at Fox News host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinProsecutors say man who brought weapons to Capitol carried list of 'good guys' and 'bad guys' Talk radio company orders hosts to stop suggesting election was stolen from Trump Here's why social media ban on Trump, conservatives will only make things worse 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. 



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 TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports 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.” 


“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 BrooksDemocratic super PAC targets Hawley, Cruz in new ad blitz Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots Biden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable MORE (R-Ala.) is leading a charge in the House to contest the Electoral College certified vote next week. Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyBiden to send Congress immigration reform bill after being sworn in Biden to nix border wall, 'Muslim ban' on first day in office Biden DHS, Intel picks stress need to prioritize cybersecurity after SolarWinds hack 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.