Kinzinger says Trump 'winning' because many Republicans 'have remained silent'

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress MORE (R-Ill.) says that former President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE is “winning” because so many Republicans “have remained silent.”

In a video statement posted to Twitter, Kinzinger weighed in on the fate of the GOP after Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezThe 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress Colin Powell's example to the GOP — and to America MORE (R-Ohio), who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, announced that he would not be running for reelection next year.

“A couple days ago, my friend Anthony Gonzales announced he won't run again, and now the pundits and politicos are discussing whether this means that Trump won,” Kinzinger said.

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“So, let me answer this question. Yes, as of now, Trump is winning,” he continued. “Not because Anthony decided not to run but because so many in the Republican Party decided to stay silent.”

The comments from Kinzinger, a staunch critic of Trump who also voted for his impeachment, comes as the former president seeks to back primary challengers to those he sees as his enemies.

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When Gonzalez announced his decision on Thursday, he stated that the “toxic” state of the Republican Party factored into this decision.

Trump had already backed his former aide Max Miller to replace Gonzalez. The former president has also endorsed challengers to other Republicans who voted to impeach him, such as Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney'You're a joke': Greene clashes with Cheney, Raskin on House floor The 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member MORE (Wyo.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonThe 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (Mich.) and Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerHouse passes bill to expand workplace protections for nursing mothers The 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress MORE (Wash.).

Kinzinger said he and the other GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump were “fulfilling their constitutional duty” but slammed his other colleagues for “lacking the courage to speak out while privately hoping for change.”

The Illinois Republican also called for his remaining colleagues to speak out about whether they feel Trump still leads the party

“Ten of us voted to impeach Trump, 180 remain silent, and now it's their turn,” Kinzinger said. “When we all publicly take sides, then we can answer the question, once and for all, whose party is this.”