Kinzinger Defends Liz Cheney, Says McCarthy Ignored Warnings About Jan. 6 Violence

Kinzinger Defends Liz Cheney, Says McCarthy Ignored Warnings About Jan. 6 Violence

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger Monday accused GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy of ignoring his warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and said the California Republican’s leadership should be under fire rather than that of the third-ranking Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney. 

“I actually thought the person that should have their leadership challenged was Kevin McCarthy after Jan. 6,” Kinzinger, R-Ill., said during an event with the National Press Club on Monday.

Kinzinger tweeted earlier Monday that he raised concerns with McCarthy that the falsehoods of former President Donald Trump and Republicans about the election being stolen would lead to violence, but McCarthy dismissed his concerns. 

McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the allegations.

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Kinzinger doubled down on his criticism of McCarthy later Monday during the National Press Club interview saying his concerns to the GOP leader were met with a “cricket sound.”

The six-term congressman also accused the GOP leader of kowtowing to Trump’s false election claims in order to win back the majority in 2022.

“I was very disappointed when my party’s leaders, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, in particular, decided that winning the next election and winning the majority was more important than a clear-eyed recognition of what happened on Jan. 6,” Kinzinger said. “What happened on Jan. 6 was that a lie led to violence.”

Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Elise Stefanik

Both McCarthy and Scalise are backing the ouster of Cheney from the No. 3 leadership post and supporting Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., to take her spot. Stefanik has been a Trump ally and has the former president’s endorsement.

Cheney has repeatedly called out Trump’s false claims

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