Sep 29, 2019 - Politics & Policy

GOP Rep. Kinzinger slams Trump for quoting pastor's civil war remarks

Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. prepares for television interviews in the Capitol on Friday, June 21

Rep. Adam Kinzinger in the Capitol in June. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) denounced President Trump in a tweet Sunday for quoting Pastor Robert Jeffress' comments soon after his appearance on Fox News that if Democrats were to remove him from office, it would cause a "civil war."

Why it matters: It is rare for a Republican to publicly criticize the president, who's maintained near-90% approval ratings among his own party throughout his presidency. Kinzinger is speaking as someone who previously served in the Air Force, and he's an Iraq War veteran.

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