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Anti-Trump Republican Kinzinger Says Relatives Told Him He Has Embarrassed The Family Name

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who has emerged as one of former President Trump’s most outspoken GOP detractors, opened up about being disowned by members of his family.

The six-term congressman told The New York Times that 11 members of his family sent him a handwritten two-page note after he called for removing Trump from office over the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God!” the letter began.

Its writer also accused him of working with “the devil’s army,” which includes Democrats and the “fake news media.”

“We thought you were ‘smart’ enough to see how the left is brainwashing many ‘so called good people’ including yourself and many other GOP members,” the letter continued. “You have even fallen for their socialism ideals! So, so sad!”

The note, obtained by the Times, states that the family members were “thoroughly disgusted” with Kinzinger.

“It is now most embarrassing to us that we are related to you,” they wrote. “You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name.”

Kinzinger’s cousin, Karen Otto, said in an interview with the Times that she paid $7 to send it by certified mail to the lawmaker’s father. She also sent copies to members of Illinois’s congressional delegation.

“I wanted Adam to be shunned,” Otto told the newspaper.

Kinzinger said the family members who sent the letter suffer from “brainwashing” from conservative churches.

“I hold nothing against them,’’ he said, “but I have zero desire or feel the need to reach out and repair that. That is 100 percent on them to reach out and repair, and … (Read more)

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