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US Rep. Adam Kinzinger shunned by relatives for rebuke of Trump

Some members of Republican US congressman Adam Kinzinger’s family have rebuked him and accused him of being a part of a “devil’s army” due to his strong criticism of former president Donald Trump and calls to remove him from office, the New York Times reports.

“What a disappointment you are to us and to God!” the letter from 11 relatives said. “It is now most embarrassing to us that we are related to you.”

The latter was dated January 8, two days after the attack on the Capitol by supporters of the president, and after Kinzinger said the 25th Amendment should be used to remove Trump.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., speaks as the House debates the objection to confirm the Electoral College vote from Pennsylvania, at the US Capitol early, Jan. 7, 2021. (House Television via AP)

Kinzinger was long a critic of the president, and thus an outlier on the Republican side of the House, which has largely fallen behind Trump, even after he lost reelection and claimed falsely that the 2020 vote had been rigged.

“I hold nothing against them,” Kinzinger tells the paper, “but I have zero desire or feel the need to reach out and repair that. That is 100% on them to reach out and repair, and quite honestly, I don’t care if they do or not.”

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