Kinzinger urges Republican leaders to call out 'garbage politicians' who play on vaccine fears

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger defends not supporting voting rights act: 'Democrats have to quit playing politics' Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Illinois Democrats propose new 'maximized' congressional map MORE (R-Ill.) said that he wants House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTrump calls Liz Cheney a 'smug fool' Republican holds 11-point lead in Ohio race to replace Stivers: poll Cheney presses Republicans to back Bannon contempt vote MORE (R-Calif.) and other leaders within the party to call out “garbage politicians” who are playing into fears of Americans who are hesitant or reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“A number of your Republican colleagues are expressing outrage over President BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE's call for door-to-door outreach to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE compared those going door to door to Nazi brownshirts,” CNN host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJon Stewart: It's a 'mistake' to focus all on Trump Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock Buttigieg says supply chain troubles could last into next year MORE said on “State of the Union.”

“Congresswoman Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertRepublicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread' Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Colorado remap plan creates new competitive district MORE called them needle Nazis. Senator Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' MORE said it sounds to him like Soviet Russia. What's your response to all that?” he asked. 

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 “It's -- Jake, it's insanity. It's absolute insanity,” Kinzinger said on Sunday.

The Republican congressman admitted that the concept of doing door-to-door community level outreach as part of Biden’s initiative to make vaccines more accessible to Americans could have been phrased differently, but argued “at no point was anybody saying they're going to break down your door and jam a vaccine in your arm, despite your protest.”

“I call on Leader McCarthy, I call on every leader in the Republican Party to stand up, say, get vaccinated, and to call out these garbage politicians, these absolute clown politicians playing on your vaccine fears for their own selfish gain,” Kinzinger said.  

“This is outrage politics that is being played by my party, and it's going to get Americans killed...Our party has been hijacked. My party has been hijacked. It is on its way to the ground,” Kinzinger said, adding that “if you are a Republican voter, do not listen to people like Marjorie Taylor Greene.”