Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois celebrated the defeat of North Carolina GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorne in a North Carolina primary Tuesday
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‘It’s a good thing he lost’: Adam Kinzinger gloats about Madison Cawthorn’s defeat and says Republican conspiracies are ‘getting people killed’

  • The Illinois Republican tore into Cawthorn after his defeat in North Carolina primary
  • The loss followed a series of scandals including ‘orgy’ claims, traffic stops, having a gun at an airport, and suggestive videos 
  • Kinzinger called it ‘good for the country’
  • Donald Trump tried to give Cawthorn a late boost; Kinzinger sits on the House Jan. 6th committee
  • Kinzinger also blasted ‘replacement theory’ after Buffalo shooting and called for replacing lawmakers including Cawthorn and Marjorie Taylor Greene 

Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Wednesday cheered fellow Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s defeat in a North Carolina primary – calling it ‘good for the country’ and saying he was ‘glad’ he lost.

Cawthorn, 26, narrowly lost to state Sen. Chuck Edwards after former President Donald Trump asked voters to give him a second chance despite a series of scandals.    

‘It is good for the country. It is good for the party. It is good for the 11th District of North Carolina,’ Kinzinger told CNN’s ‘New Day.’

He then cast Cawthorn, who shot to conservative media stardom only to have key power-brokers turn against him, as someone who sought attention without paying attention to governing. 

Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois celebrated the defeat of North Carolina GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorne in a North Carolina primary Tuesday

Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois celebrated the defeat of North Carolina GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorne in a North Carolina primary Tuesday

‘I mean, you know, look, D.C.. has become kind of a growing ground for people that are just more interested in fame than governing, that are more interested in becoming famous than actually doing really serious work in a time when, you know, We have a lot of challenges here at home, and a lot of challenges overseas. So it was a good thing he lost,’ said Kinzinger, a Trump nemesis who is retiring.

He noted that his PAC, Country First, played in the race. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) used his influence to try to shut down Cawthorn, calling video leaks of him ‘absurd to embarrassing’ and running ads that accused him of telling ‘lies for the limelight.’

Kinzinger, who is retiring at the end of his term, also made an appeal for people to vote in primaries where a ‘vast majority’ of lawmakers are determined, particularly in relatively safe seats.

'It is good for the country. It is good for the party,' Kinzinger said of Rep. Madison Cawthorn's loss

‘It is good for the country. It is good for the party,’ Kinzinger said of Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s loss

He accused Cawthorn of being 'more interested in fame than governing.' The lawmaker was subjected to a series of media leaks as fellow Republicans turned against him

He accused Cawthorn of being ‘more interested in fame than governing.’ The lawmaker was subjected to a series of media leaks as fellow Republicans turned against him

Kinzinger blasted lawmakers who 'fish in the waters' of replacement theory following the Buffalo mass shooting

Kinzinger blasted lawmakers who ‘fish in the waters’ of replacement theory following the Buffalo mass shooting

But he also cautioned it was a single victory. Trump also scored wins Tuesday, including in Pennsylvania with Doug Mastriano’s win in the gubernatorial primary. Mastriano has echoed Trump’s claims of electoral fraud in 2020. 

Cawthorn’s loss followed a series of scandals including his claims to have witnessed orgies in D.C., traffic stops, having a gun at an airport, and suggestive videos.

‘If you think that means we’re winning this battle for the soul of the Republican party, it is not true,’ Kinzinger said. He called to ‘spit out the cancer’ and noted how the House conference turned against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) after he was quoted in the New York Times talking about white supremacy. 

He also called out people who he said ‘just fish in the waters of white replacement theory.’

Following the mass shooting in Buffalo, Kinzinger went after a trio of lawmakers: Conference chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Buffalo), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Cawthorn. 

‘You can’t be surprised when some people take that to the level of going and massacring people,’ he wrote. ‘Here is my replacement theory: we need to replace [the three] and a number of others. The replacement theory they are pushing/tolerating is getting people killed.’

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