To the Editor:
Anyone who’s been told to leave this country and go back to where he or she came from knows without a doubt that it’s a racist taunt. The President words, directed at four US citizens who are members of Congress, have inflamed racial tensions.
A day or so after the president’s tweet, Adam Kinzinger, Republican congressman from the16th District, reacted with a tweet of his own. Kinzinger was critical of the president, but he also found fault with the Democrats and the media.
Kinzinger’s tweet concluded by attacking the president’s tone but not the blatant racism of his words. “To respond to every thing the president says, just to appease the masses, would be a full time job and not particularly beneficial to the people I represent in IL-16. They know where I stand, they know I have said time and again that I strongly disagree with the president on tone and his use of Twitter, and they know where my moral compass points.“
Yes, Mr. Kinzinger, we do know where your moral compass points. Your votes have aligned with the President 94% of the time. And true to form, like all but four of your Republican colleagues, you voted against last week’s House resolution to condemn the President’s racist comments.
Voters, beware. Mr. Kinzinger sounds like a reasonable guy, but his votes tell a different story. Like most of the Republicans in the House and Senate, he’s been sucked into the president’s orbit, where it would take more than a compass to find anyone’s backbone.