Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R. IL), one of two Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating January 6, 2021, is not only warning against future violence by right-wing extremists. He has also said that his position on the Committee is making his and his families’ lives more dangerous.
Kinzinger told ABC’s This Week that he has received death threats against himself, as well as against his wife and their five-month-old baby.
“I’d never seen or had anything like that. It was sent from the local area,” he told This Week.
He isn’t alone, as threats against officials at local, state, federal levels have had threats that have been so serious the Justice Department has even sent local police departments guidance to respond to the local ones.
Kinzinger further explained that he wasn’t surprised by the violence by those Trump supporters who believe in the “big lie” of fraud surrounding the 2020 election:
“If you truly believe the deep state owned the election and the democracy was stolen and the election was stolen, that’s the most logical outcome.”
He went on to warn of future actions by like-minded extremists:
“There is violence in the future, I’m going to tell you…And until we get a grip on telling people the truth, we can’t expect any differently.”
He concluded by accusing others in his Republican party of failing their constituents by refusing to push back and fight against those who are seeking to tear down the Constitution and American democracy.