On CNN Thursday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) became the first Republican to call for pro-QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to be stripped of committee assignments, following reports that she called for prominent Democrats to be executed on social media and repeatedly harassed a school shooting survivor.
"Marjorie Taylor Greene, as we said ... endorsed or expressed support for the idea of executing Democratic members of Congress," said anchor John Berman. "We see her on the video with David Hogg as well. She has now a seat on the Education Committee given to her by House leadership. What do you think should happen to Marjorie Taylor Greene in Congress?"
"Let's be clear: she's not a Republican," said Kinzinger. "She may be like this new definition of Republican, but that's kind of a RINO thing, a Republican In Name Only is what she is. I personally don't think she should have any committees. I, you know, I look at that and I go, well, the Education Committee is not considered a good committee to get on, but I don't think she should have the privilege any of committees."
"Obviously, we saw what happened at the Capitol," said Kinzinger. "You see things like Pizzagate. We all know friends that have lost a sense of reality because they've been pulled into this dark underworld of conspiracies. And that's where it is incumbent on leaders and everybody to expose that darkness, to bring light to darkness, to disinfect that. We have members of congress that embrace anything like that or become completely unmoored from truth, we can't accept that. And that's where the battle begins. It's just letting people know it's okay to speak out against this stuff and defend the integrity of the party."
"We're in a moment," Kinzinger added. "In this moment, I don't think she in any way can define the party, and everybody calls me a RINO, and I'm as conservative as anybody out there. It's okay to look at this and say, somebody that espouses beliefs that a Satanist cabal runs the United States government ... is unhinged from the Republican platform. We have to go back to being a party of principles first. We'll be competitive and earn people's trust."