“[McCarthy] apparently has the option to remove people from the leadership or from the conference, ”said Kinzinger, pointing to the Republicans of the House of Representatives who had removed MEP Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from their leadership position. “I hope he does.”
McCarthy condemned Greene Tuesday, saying her comments were “appalling” and “false” but did not take disciplinary action.
Greene, a first-time lawmaker, was extremely controversial as she had already been stripped of her committee duties for advocating for violence against Democrats and for pointing out that school shootings were a joke. McCarthy previously declined to remove Greene from their committees, offering to just reassign them. She said she made the comments before she was in office.
Kinzinger wasn’t afraid of getting caught up in Trump-friendly fires like Greene, as he was one of 11 Republicans who voted to deprive Greene of her committee duties.
Kinzinger has made waves as one of the few Republican lawmakers to rigorously refute Trump’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen from him. After Kinzinger was one of ten Republican House lawmakers to vote for the Trump indictment this year, he has become one of his most prominent GOP critics along with Cheney, who lost her leadership position for criticizing the former president.
Last week he was also one of 35 Republicans who defied the GOP leadership of the House and voted for a non-partisan commission on Jan. 6. Kinzinger was also the first Republican to call for the resignation of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) On allegations of sex trafficking.