Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Tuesday called for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to be booted from the House Republican conference over her comparing mask requirements to the Holocaust.
“You can’t stop somebody from calling themselves a Republican,” the Illinois lawmaker said Tuesday in a POLITICO Live event, referring to his colleague from Georgia. “What we can do as a party is take a stand and say you don’t belong in our conference. That’s what I think we should do. I think we should kick her out of the conference, prevent her from coming to conference meetings, benefiting from conference materials.”
Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran and prominent GOP critic of former President Donald Trump, said he hadn’t talked to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about such a move, but said that “we’re going to be looking at what we can do.” He said he wasn’t sure of details of how to do it, whether he would lead such a movement or if it’s “appropriate” to do it, but said that such a push should come from leadership.
“[McCarthy] obviously has the ability to remove people from leadership or remove people from the conference,” Kinzinger said, pointing to House Republicans stripping Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) of her leadership position. “I hope he does.”
McCarthy condemned Greene on Tuesday, saying her comments were “appalling” and “wrong” but not taking any disciplinary action.
Greene, a first-term lawmaker, has been highly controversial, having already been stripped of her committee assignments for endorsing posts calling for violence against Democrats and suggesting school shootings were a hoax. McCarthy previously declined to remove Greene from her committees, offering just to reassign her, saying she made the comments before she was in office.
Kinzinger hasn’t been afraid of laying into Trump-friendly firebrands like Greene, as he was one of 11 Republicans who voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments.
Kinzinger has made waves as one of the few Republican lawmakers to consistently rebut Trump’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen from him. After being one of 10 Republican House lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump this year, Kinzinger has become one of his most prominent GOP critics, along with Cheney, who lost her leadership post over her criticism of the former president.
Last week, he was also one of 35 Republicans who bucked House GOP leadership and voted in favor of a bipartisan commission on the Jan. 6 insurrection. Kinzinger was also the first Republican to call for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to resign over sex trafficking allegations.