Trump supporters will commit more acts of violence if he isn’t convicted: GOP congressman

On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) pleaded with his fellow Republicans to convict former President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial — warning that if he is acquitted, it will be an open invitation for more acts of violence by his supporters.

"It's a matter of accountability," wrote Kinzinger, one of ten House Republicans to vote for the article of impeachment. "If the GOP doesn't take a stand, the chaos of the past few months, and the past four years, could quickly return. The future of our party and our country depends on confronting what happened — so it doesn't happen again."

Trump is accused of inciting the violence at the Capitol with months of conspiracy theories about how he won the election — and even of spurring on the invasion as it was happening.

"Impeachment offers a chance to say enough is enough," wrote Kinzinger. "It ought to force every American, regardless of party affiliation, to remember not only what happened on Jan. 6, but also the path that led there. After all, the situation could get much, much worse — with more violence and more division that cannot be overcome. The further down this road we go, the closer we come to the end of America as we know it. The Republican Party I joined as a young man would never take that road."

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