Kinzinger Joins Cheney In Pledging To Assist Democrats To Defeat Certain Republicans

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on Sunday became the second Republican to pledge to help Democrats if necessary to defeat colleagues he believes are a threat to democracy.

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the congressman was asked by host Chuck Todd about Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). Cheney lost her primary to a Republican challenger but said that she will work for Democrats if their GOP opponents are aligned with Trump.

The Illinois Republican, who sits on the Jan. 6 committee investigating former President Donald Trump, said that the biggest issue facing the nation is a challenge to democracy.

He even went so far as to commit to working for “left-wing Democrats” if they are running against a GOP member whose beliefs do not align with his.

Kinzinger said that the nation “will not survive” if democracy is overthrown and instead will devolve into a power struggle between races, ethnicities, and religions. Needless to say, many stalwart Republicans see his stand as diametrically opposed to the ideals of the party.

In the aftermath of her primary defeat, Cheney decided to transform her campaign committee into a new political action committee. Referencing Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, she named it “The Great Task” and charged it with blocking Trump from regaining office.

Not only that, but she said the PAC will endorse and support candidates for November’s midterms that are running against those supported by Trump. She said her goal is to oppose MAGA candidates and “election deniers.”

So far there has not been a rush of Democrats to leap at support from the outgoing Republican representative. Kinzinger and Cheney are the two GOP House members who sit on the Jan. 6 committee, and both have come out in favor of endorsing Democrats running for office.

This is hardly a stance that will enamour either to their party, especially when there’s always the possibility of dialogue and working together to find a common solution. But the pair have found working with Democrats on the Jan. 6 committee to their liking, and they have all but switched parties.