Republican accused of joining 'devil's army' for voting to impeach Donald Trump

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Feb 16, 2021, 08:55 PM(IST)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-IL, questions witnesses during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing looking into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 16, 2020 Photograph:( AFP )

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The family of a Republican congressman have accused him of joining the "devil's army" in the aftermath of him voting to impeach former United States President Donald Trump

The family of a Republican congressman has accused him of joining the "devil's army" in the aftermath of him voting to impeach former United States President Donald Trump.

On Monday, the New York Times published a letter penned by Adam Kinzinger's relatives after he voted to accuse Trump of inciting the riot which shook the US Capitol on January 6. 

"Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and the Lord!" the handwritten letter claims "You go against your Christian principals and join the 'devil's army' (Democrats and the fake news media)", the letter went on to say.

Many supporters of Trump have expressed anger with fellow Republicans for attempting to break with him. In the letter, the family claimed to be ''embarrassed", while accusing Kinzinger of falling for the Democratic Party's "socialism ideas".

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Kinzinger, in conversation with NYT said that the two-page letter was written by his cousin Karen Otto, and signed by 11 relatives.

"I wanted Adam to be shunned," Otto told NYT.

Kinzinger was among 10 Republicans who voted in the House of Representatives to impeach Trump. In the Senate, seven Republicans voted to impeach Trump. He is not the only Republican facing backlash for supporting Trump's impeachment. Many of those who voted against Trump are now facing backlash in their home constituencies.

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Former US President Donald Trump was acquitted by US Senate in the impeachment trial on February 14. 

Majority of Senate republicans closed ranks to acquit Trump in his second impeachment trial. During the five-day trial, Democratic Senators argued strongly in favour of impeaching Donald Trump who is the only US President to have been impeached twice. 

(With inputs from AFP)

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