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Kinzinger on Cheney removal: History will call this 'low point of the Republican Party'

Kinzinger on Cheney removal: History will call this 'low point of the Republican Party'
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Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin MORE (R-Ill.) condemned the House GOP caucus's decision to remove Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyLiz Cheney hired security after death threats: report Cheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas MORE (R-Wyo.) as their chair on Wednesday, calling it a "low point" for the party.

In a lengthy statement released on Twitter, Kinzinger wrote that the GOP would "solidify our position as a once honorable party that was marred by lies" as a result of the voice vote at Wednesday's GOP meeting that led to Cheney's ouster.

"Liz may lose, and MAGA-lago may celebrate. But I predict that the history books of the future will not celebrate. They will say this was the low point of the Republican Party. The loser former guy, who has thin skin and snowflake like personality will solidify his momentary leadership, and we will solidify our position as a once honorable party that was marred by lies," tweeted Kinzinger.

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Kinzinger also added that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHillicon Valley: Cyber agency says SolarWinds hack could have been deterred | Civil rights groups urge lawmakers to crack down on Amazon's 'dangerous' worker surveillance | Manchin-led committee puts forth sprawling energy infrastructure proposal Chuck Todd reluctant to 'ban' election deniers from 'Meet the Press' GOP divided over bills targeting tech giants MORE (R-Calif.) "wrongly" assumes that centrists such as Kinzinger will support him for Speaker, while adding that the efforts to oust Cheney were part of McCarthy's plan to cozy up to the right wing of the GOP and secure his political future.

"Kevin wants to be speaker. He made the determination that if he appeased the Trump crowd, he could raise money and take the credit, when he was up for speaker," said Kinzinger.

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"So he changed his tune and made the trek to Mar-A-Lago, in essence reviving the former Guy, he also (wrongly) assumes that people like me will vote for him for speaker, but the legislative terrorists in the freedom club wouldn’t, so he needs to be all in with them. It’s the cynical play that gives politicians the reputation we have," Kinzinger said.

The statements are Kinzinger's latest volley against former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE and the minority leader, whom the Illinois Republican reportedly sought briefly to remove from leadership in the days after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Kinzinger abandoned that plan, he said, after realizing what little support there was in the GOP caucus for such a move.

His remarks immediately followed the ouster of Cheney as caucus chair Wednesday morning, after which the Wyoming congresswoman vowed to work against any future bids by Trump to return to the White House.

Kinzinger also revealed on Monday that he warned McCarthy in the days leading up to Jan. 6 that the GOP's efforts to discredit the results of the 2020 election would lead to violence.

“A few days before Jan 6, our GOP members had a conference call. I told Kevin that his words and our party’s actions would lead to violence on January 6th,” Kinzinger tweeted Monday.

“Kevin dismissively responded with 'ok Adam, operator next question.' And we got violence,” he added.