Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), one of former President Donald Trump's most vocal backers in Congress, has issued a profanity-laced response and challenge on Feb. 10 to an anti-Trump Republican who has started a new political action committee (PAC) that may seek to oust Gaetz in a primary election.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, recently started a new PAC backing anti-Trump Republicans for the purpose of defeating GOP lawmakers who support the former president.
"My response: [expletive] bring it. Adam needs PACs to win elections. I don’t."
Kinzinger's office didn't respond to a request for comment by press time.
In the six-minute video, which mentions neither Trump’s name nor any specific policy issues, Kinzinger appears to equate the mob that breached the Capitol on Jan. 6 with the Republican Party. The Illinois Republican also alleged, without offering examples or evidence, that Republicans have embraced conspiracy theories, outrage, and the politics of personality.
The other House Republicans who joined Kinzinger in voting to impeach Trump are Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), John Katko (N.Y.), Peter Meijer (Mich.), Dan Newhouse (Wash.), Tom Rice (S.C.), Fred Upton (Mich.), and David Valadao (Calif.).
Kinzinger has been a vocal Trump critic and was the only Republican to vote for a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump. He told The Washington Post last month that he has felt isolated from his party in the aftermath of his impeachment vote.