Representative Adam Kinzinger said that some Christians in America are likening Donald Trump to Jesus Christ.
In an interview with MSNBC, he also criticized pastors who spread Trumpism from the pulpit.
The GOP congressman also warned against political tribalism that has blurred the moral boundaries of voters.
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said Tuesday that some Christian circles in America are likening former President Donald Trump to Jesus Christ, warning of “tribal” behavior that could cause voters to alienate their communities. I am “accepting anything” to stay.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, Kinzinger said that many pastors in America either preach Trumpism “from the pulpit” or talk about how “bad” the ideology is. are “failing their party” by refusing.
“And you have people today who, literally, I think in their heart — they might not say it — but they liken Donald Trump to the figure of Jesus Christ,” added Kinzinger, who is a Christian. identify as “And to them, if you even go against this ‘wonder man Donald Trump,’ which is obviously completely wrong, you’re going against Jesus, against their Christian values.”
Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots, has been one of the most outspoken lawmakers against Trump and voted to impeach the former president in 2021.
The Illinois congressman, in turn, has been reprimanded by the Republican National Committee and often draws heat from Trump supporters inside and outside Congress.
In February, Kinzinger received a letter from 11 of his own family members calling him “disappointing” for advocating for Trump’s removal from office.
“We were once so proud of your accomplishments. Instead, you go against your Christian principles and join Satan’s army (Democrats and fake news media),” the letter read.
Commenting on the letter on Tuesday, Kinzinger said Americans have become so “tribalized” that they worry about being ostracized from their communities “more than they fear death.”
“And so you accept anything because now Republicanism or conservatism or Trumpism has become your identity.”
“I’ve been kicked out of my tribe, and that’s okay,” he told Wagner.
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