Quick follow-up on a story we told you about last week, of the very mean and terrible letter GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger's cousins sent him to let him know he is DISOWNED and BAD for turning his back on their one true lord and savior Donald Trump. It was handwritten, in a font called Extreme Grandma Cursive, and it revealed that God (the letter underlined things a whole lot) was VERY DISAPPOINTED in Kinzinger, because in denying Trump like a common Peter denying Christ, Kinzinger had "joined the 'devil's army' believing in abortion." (He is anti-abortion. It's one of the actual problems with him.)

So, so sad! the letter wailed. Kinzinger had not only lost the respect of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, but also Tucker Carlson and Lou Dobbs and Greg Kelly and Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and (now dead) Rush Limbaugh!

We headlined our story "Sorry about your family, Adam Kinzinger," not only because we received a similar letter one time from a family member, but also because we thought it was really exemplary of what's happening in lots of families these days. It didn't start with Donald Trump waddling down that escalator in 2015 and declaring war on America, but that was an inflection point. Some might argue it started with Fox News poisoning an entire generation of white conservatives' brains. Some might say it started even before that, with the onset of Rush Limbaugh (who is still dead), which generally coincided with when the batshit campaign to rebrand the Clintons as murderous fraud tyrants metastasized out of Arkansas and onto a national stage.

Anyway, Kinzinger went on CNN this morning, and said he's glad y'all got to read his cousins' letter, though he was not the one who leaked it. We figured he had, but he says actually the New York Times got it because one of his cousins sent it to "so many people out of so much anger" that eventually it just wound its way there. Oh, the perils of copy/pasting literally everyone on your Extreme Grandma Cursive screeds!

In the interview, Kinzinger gave some good advice, we think, to people who might be experiencing similar things in these heady times of seemingly sane people becoming brainwashed into the cults of Fox News, Trump, and now even more batshit stuff like QAnon.


KINZINGER: I'm glad the letter came out, because I think people need to see, if you haven't experienced that division in your family, this is the best example of it. So look, I hold nothing against them, I mean, maybe someday I'll have to look back and do some more forgiveness in my heart, but I don't feel it right now. I just have no desire to really reach out and repair it, that's up to them!

If you know what he's talking about, you know.

We don't agree with Kinzinger on much, obviously -- just look at his voting record -- but he was one of only 10 Republicans in the House to vote for Donald Trump's impeachment for literally inciting a domestic terrorist attack on America. That means something in these times, that he's one of 10 left in that caucus who can arguably be called patriots. And he's got some real garbage-ass family members whose worship of Trump clearly outweighs any love they ever had for him, even though he's a dirty Republican just like them.

So fuck 'em. It's on them.

That's good advice to follow, if you have real garbage-ass family members who act like that toward you.

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