Durbin: GOP censure ‘badge of honor’ for Kinzinger
Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said Republicans would view the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) censure of his Illinois colleague Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) as a “badge of honor” once they “finally come to their senses.”
“Congressman Kinzinger’s censure by the Trump enthralled GOP will be viewed as a badge of honor when Republicans finally come to their senses about the January 6 insurrectionist mob,” Durbin said on Twitter Friday.
The RNC earlier on Friday formally voted to censure both Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for sitting on the House select committee investigating the event surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and for their criticism of former President Trump.
Both Republicans voted to impeach Trump last year following the Capitol riot, drawing the ire of the former president and his Republican allies.
While the RNC resolution did not call for them both to be kicked out of the House Republican Conference, it did say the organization would no longer support them as members of the Republican Party.
“I’ve been a member of the Republican Party before Donald Trump entered the field,” Kinzinger said in his own defense earlier Friday. “My values and core beliefs remain the same and have not wavered. I’m a conservative who believes in truth, freedom, and upholding the Constitution of the United States.”
Cheney said in a statement that she did not recognize her fellow Republican colleagues “who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump.”
“History will be their judge. I will never stop fighting for our constitutional republic. No matter what,” she added.
Some Republicans also objected to the censure vote, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who voted to convict the president on at least one count in both his impeachment trials and whose niece is the chair of the RNC.
“Shame falls on a party that would censure persons of conscience, who seek truth in the face of vitriol. Honor attaches to Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for seeking truth even when doing so comes at great personal cost,” Romney said in a tweet on Friday.