- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 20, 2021

Rep. Adam Kinzinger has made a pitch for donations to his “Country First” political action committee in a new ad, pushing for unity on Thanksgiving.

The Illinois lawmaker, a staunch anti-Trump Republican who announced he won’t be running for reelection next year, released a video featuring a family food-fighting over their political views. 

“Thanksgiving is around the corner, but a holiday that once symbolized unity is now the setting for hostility and division,” Mr. Kinzinger said in the video.

Mr. Kinzinger, who has feuded with his family over his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, said Washington politicians and the media have convinced Americans that those who disagree with them are the enemy in a bid to gain attention and drive up ratings. 

“But, there’s a better way. At Country First, we know that many of us are tired of the mudslinging, name-calling and self-serving actions from leaders and sometimes even those we love,” Mr. Kinzinger said.



Mr. Kinzinger launched his PAC earlier this year to support candidates who challenge Mr. Trump’s brand on the GOP. He is among one of the most anti-Trump Republicans in the conference.

He has released several video ads that urge people to unify and put partisan divisions aside.

Mr. Kinzinger also has battled with family members over his vote to impeach Mr. Trump in January. Eleven of Mr. Kinzinger’s family members sent the lawmaker a letter after the vote accusing him of going against his Christian faith in his political decisions.

“Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God! We were once so proud of your accomplishments! Instead, you go against your Christian principles and join the ‘devil’s army’ [Democrats and the fake news media],” the letter read. 

Mr. Kinzinger dismissed the family feud, calling it an example of extreme family divisions over Mr. Trump.

“I’m glad the letter came out because I think that people need to see — if you haven’t experienced that division in your family, this is the best example of it,” Mr. Kinzinger told CNN.

• Mica Soellner can be reached at msoellner@washingtontimes.com.

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