Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger (ill.) blamed Democrats for CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday after moderate GOP Rep. Peter Meijer (Mich.) was defeated in the primary by a Trump-backed candidate.
Meyer, who voted to impeach former President Trump after the 2021 Capitol attack, lost to Trump-backed challenger John Gibbs on Tuesday after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads supporting Gibbs.
Meyer’s race was among a number of primaries in which Democratic campaign arms spent money on Trump-backed candidates, a strategy seemingly aimed at helping Democrats win the general election more easily.
“I mean, the DCCC should be ashamed of itself,” Kinzinger said.
“If Peter’s opponent wins and wins in November, it belongs to the Democrats.” Congratulations,” he continued. “Here’s the thing: Stop asking me where all the good Republicans are who stand up for democracy and then take your donors’ money to spend half a million dollars promoting one of the worst election deniers ever.”
While some Democrats have spoken out against the DCCC’s strategy, top Democratic officials such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have spoken out in favor of the tactic.
“The political decisions that are made there are made to win us elections,” Pelosi said said last week“Because we think the contrast between Democrats and Republicans — as it is now — is so drastic that we have to win.”
Meyer’s defeat is another victory for Trump, who has made the midterms a priority to oust Republicans who have publicly opposed him since Jan. 6. Capitol Riots.
Meijer said Democrats have crossed “certain moral lines” in politics by supporting their opponent.
“With luck, Republican voters will be blamed if any of these candidates are ultimately elected, but there’s no doubt that the Democrats’ fingerprints will be on the gun,” Meijer said. the essay says published online Monday.