Kinzinger predicts ‘civil war’ coming, says our ‘basic survival at stake’ after being censured by own party

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who was censured along with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) this week for defying party leadership, gave a stark, hyperbolic warning Monday night during an appearance on CNN with host Wolf Blitzer, proclaiming that the U.S. is on the brink of a civil war.

“How dangerous is it, Congressman, for the Republican National Committee to whitewash the events of that day and to simply call it legitimate political discourse?” Blitzer asked Kinzinger regarding the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

“Oh, it is extremely dangerous, and it is not even — it’s, if there was a word even more intense than dangerous, I would use that. Because when you convince people, the person talking there, obviously pretty upset, probably really believes what he’s saying. And you can multiply him by hundreds of thousands or millions of people because their leaders tell them the election was stolen,” Kinzinger recklessly and irresponsibly replied.

“Look, if the election was legitimately stolen, I would be pretty ticked off too. That violates everything I swore to defend. And so when you convince that number of people, it is not a far thought, Wolf, to think that someday, some militia shows up somewhere to do something and then some counter-militia and, truly, at that point that is how you end up in a civil war,” he warned, obviously blaming former President Trump for the current explosive political climate in the United States.

“I never would say that we would ever have ended in that position but I now believe it is a real possibility that we have to be wide-eyed as we walk into it so we don’t have that happen again. And anybody that thinks that sounds cool, or they get to play dress-up because they somehow think it is going to be fun to go out and camp with their buddies and have a civil war, there are people that really think that, well, you know, the four or five heart medicines you’re on, Walgreens isn’t going to have them available when this place fails, and that is how serious this is,” Kinzinger scare-mongered.

“Am I hearing you right, Congressman? You fear potentially there could be a civil war here in the United States?” a seemingly incredulous Blitzer asked.

“I do. And a year ago, I would have said, no, not a chance. But I have come to realize when we don’t see each other as fellow Americans, when we begin to separate into cultural identities, when we begin to basically give up everything we believe so we can be part of a group, and then when you have leaders that come and abuse that faithfulness of that group to violent ends, as we saw on January 6, we would be naive to think it is not possible here. And it is not like the blue and gray north and the south, it just turns into violence like you see in other countries,” Kinzinger told Blitzer.

“We have to look at this wide-eyed and walk in and say we may have differences as left and right, but we have to bridge those differences because our basic survival is at stake, the basic survival of this democracy,” the Illinois Never-Trumper concluded.

The interview played out as a video was shown of an unidentified man, who sounded as if he were scripted, brazenly called for politicians to be dragged “through the streets” and to “cut their head off” because he believed they were stealing an election.

In a recent poll of 1,000 people, the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Battleground Civility found that 67 percent believe the political landscape has gotten significantly worse since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Many of those same people blame President Joe Biden for the situation. Forty-three percent of respondents asserted that political discourse has gotten worse since he took office.


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