Adam Kinzinger is navigating conservative backlash following his voting to impeach Donald Trump last month, including from his own family.
The Illinois Republican congressman was mailed a scathing handwritten letter from 11 members of his family, which was obtained by The New York Times and published Monday. Karen Otto, Kinzinger’s cousin, was the scribe of the letter.
In the two-page letter, Kinzinger’s family said he embarrassed their name by breaking with Trump, called Democrats the “devil’s army,” and rebuked him for losing the respect of several conservative talk show hosts. They also accused him of falling for the Democratic party’s alleged “socialism ideals.”
“Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God!” the letter dated January 8 read. “We were once so proud of your accomplishments.”
“You should be very proud that you have lost the respect of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Greg Kelly, etc., and most importantly in our book, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh and us!” it continued. “We should list even more grievances against you, but decided you are not worth more of our time to list them.”
The letter also included a postscript, which noted that many other Kinzinger family members feel the same about him.
“We are thoroughly disgusted with you!” the letter said, with the words “thoroughly disgusted” underlined.
Newsweek reached out to Kinzinger for comment. This story will be updated with any response.
Kinzinger, who first took office in 2013, is one of three House Republicans who voted both to impeach Trump in January and for the removal of Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee positions. Following Trump’s acquittal, Kinzinger said that they “have a lot of work to do to restore the Republican Party.”
“The damage being done to the state of our republic and the values we hold dear is unacceptable,” he tweeted on Saturday. “We can and must do better for the sake of our democracy, and for the soul of our country.”
As far as reelection goes after voting to impeach Trump and remove Greene, he’s not worried about possible backlash despite going against his GOP colleagues. “The bottom line, I don’t need the job. I enjoy doing it. I’d like to win again, but if I don’t, I can look at myself in the mirror and I’m at total peace,” he said on Wednesday during a Washington Post webinar.
“I looked at what happened on the sixth and said, if that’s not impeachable, we may as well just get rid of impeachment because then nothing is,” Kinzinger added. “Whatever the consequences are it’s the right thing to do.”