Kinzinger Calls Trump A Professional What?

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( – On Friday, former Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) stated that the efforts to have former President Donald Trump removed from the primary ballots in Colorado and Maine were most likely going to assist the election of the former President.

In an interview on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” Kinzinger stated that Trump was a “professional victim” and that this move would most likely be politically beneficial for Trump. He added that this would allow Trump to feed into the narrative that he was a victim even more.

This week, the secretary of state in Maine found that Trump was not eligible to appear on the Republican primary ballot because his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack was in violation of the “insurrection clause” of the 14th Amendment.

Kinzinger, who has often criticized Trump, also gave slack to those Republicans who spoke up against the ruling, pointing out that there was not a lot to be gained by Trump not being allowed to be on the ballot, even for those who were competing against him in the race. As he stated, if you are one of the people running against Trump in order to beat him you need to come out and say that these were just attempts to block Trump from running. He added that not doing that was just going to lose your support with the base voters.

Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows (D) noted in her decision that Trump had deliberately pushed a false narrative of election fraud and that he had encouraged and inflamed his supporters on the day of the Capitol attack.

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