Gaetz hits back at Kinzinger PAC targeting 'Trumpism'

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzPhotos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness Gaetz, Greene and Gohmert turned away from jail to visit Jan. 6 defendants MORE (R-Fla.), one of former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE’s most vocal backers in Congress, called on Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel Kinzinger58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign MORE (R-Ill.) to “bring it” over reports his House colleague plans to start a super PAC targeting the right flank of his party.

“Adam is a patriot who fought for America from Northwest Florida. We will always appreciate & honor his service. Now, he wants to target my America First politics, referencing me by name,” Gaetz tweeted Wednesday. “My response: F---ing bring it. Adam needs PACs to win elections. I don’t.”

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Kinzinger has emerged as one of Trump’s most outspoken GOP detractors in the wake of the presidential election and was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him in January.

This week, he told The Washington Post his PAC would specifically target House Republicans who have promoted unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was stolen.

“There's a huge list. … I mean, look, all you have to do is see people like, of course, Marjorie Taylor Greene [R-Ga.],” Kinzinger said at a Washington Post Live event. “You look at people like Matt Gaetz, who know better. I think neither of them believes the stuff they ascribe to, they just want fame,”

“We've gotten into too many, you have to be this or this. I just want you to tell the American people the truth. And I want you to not peddle in conspiracies and use some optimism occasionally, that's a pretty low bar, but it's a low bar that eliminates a lot of people," he added.

The Hill has reached out to Kinzinger’s office for comment.