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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger: Republican Party "Has Been Hijacked" By "Clown Politicians"

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Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger spoke about the state of his Republican Party during an interview Sunday on CNN:


TAPPER: Let's turn to domestic politics.

A number of your Republican colleagues are expressing outrage over President Biden's call for door-to-door outreach to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene compared those going door to door to Nazi brownshirts. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert called them needle Nazis. Senator Ted Cruz said it sounds to him like Soviet Russia.

What's your response to all that?

KINZINGER: It's -- Jake, it's insanity. It's absolute insanity.

Now, what President Biden said -- and maybe he could have said it slightly different -- is, we're willing to come to your house to give you the vaccine. At no point was anybody saying they're going to break down your door and jam a vaccine in your arm, despite your protest.

This is outrage politics that is being played by my party, and it's going to get Americans killed. We are on a -- our party has been hijacked. My party has been hijacked. It is on its way to the ground. And for some people, it's a fun ride, right? We can put out this outrageous stuff on Twitter. Yes, I'm getting all these retweets and everybody knows me. I'm famous.

But this plane is going to crash into the ground.

Listen, if you are a Republican voter, do not listen to people like Marjorie Taylor Greene. The vaccine is safe. COVID is real. Get vaccinated, because if you're going to listen to the outrage -- by the way, in March, she's bragging about Donald Trump creating the vaccine, and now she's saying, basically, the vaccine is going to kill you.

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.
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