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Kinzinger: GOP colleagues have thanked me for speaking out against Trump

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerOvernight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal Kinzinger plotted to oust McCarthy after Jan. 6 attack Kabul attack spurs fears over fate of Afghan women as US exits MORE (R-Ill.) says some of his GOP colleagues have thanked him for speaking out against former President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE over the past few weeks.

Kinzinger, a staunch critic of Trump, was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him for inciting the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol that led to five deaths and over 100 arrests.

“Well, there’s been backlash, you know. … Within the party base, there’s some, of course you know, as we’d expect. There’s also been a whole lot of outpouring from people that [said] ‘thanks for saying it,’” he said on "The View" on Wednesday. “I’ve heard it, even amongst my colleagues: ‘Thanks for speaking up.’”

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“What it comes down to is maybe there’s backlash and maybe there’s not. But putting your career on the line when we’re going out and asking young people to be willing to fight and die to defend this country — being willing to give your career up to defend that same cause, that fidelity to the Constitution, is a small price to pay,” he added.

While Kinzinger said that both pain and opportunity have come from the current political moment, he added that he’s “at total peace with the fact that insurrectionists can never be acceptable in this country.”

Kinzinger has previously acknowledged that his vote to impeach Trump may be "terminal” to his career, but has stood by it. The Illinois Republican launched a new PAC on Sunday, called country1st.com, in an effort to challenge the GOP’s acceptance of Trump.