Former GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger has openly questioned Donald Trump’s religious beliefs following a controversial Christmas message released by the ex-president.
The Christmas posts, shared on Trump’s social media platform Truth Social, took an unexpected turn, sparking ridicule for delving into political and legal affairs rather than spreading holiday cheer.
Trump, currently the frontrunner in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, used his Christmas message to launch attacks against President Joe Biden and Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith.
The posts, focusing on alleged election interference and mishandling of classified documents, drew attention for their divisive content.
In one post, Trump extended holiday wishes with a barrage of accusations, naming individuals he deemed enemies of the nation.
He specifically targeted Jack Smith, referring to him as “Deranged” and the “ONLY HOPE” for “Crooked Joe Biden.”
The former president’s Christmas message concluded with a stark wish for those he criticized, stating, “MAY THEY ROT IN HELL.”
Kinzinger, a Republican who served in Congress from 2011 to 2023, did not hold back in his response to Trump’s unconventional holiday message.
Taking to social media, Kinzinger questioned Trump’s Christianity, stating, “This man is not a Christian.”
He went further, criticizing Trump’s character, describing him as “weak, meager, smelly, victim-ey, belly-achey,” asserting that Trump is not “God’s man.”
Political experts, including Grant Davis Reeher of Syracuse University, commented on the unusual nature of Trump’s Christmas posts.
Reeher noted that politicians typically keep holiday messages positive, emphasizing gratitude and hope, and avoiding political conflicts.
He suggested that Trump’s extreme verbal tactics might be an attempt to reverse recent trends seen in internal polling.
Kinzinger’s criticism of Trump is not new, considering their past conflicts, including Kinzinger’s support for Trump’s impeachment after the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
Kinzinger, who served on the House committee investigating the events of January 6, positioned himself increasingly critical of the modern Republican Party, leading to his decision not to seek reelection in 2022.
The Christmas posts triggered responses from various figures, with former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich expressing concern about the nature of Trump’s message.
Others, including former federal prosecutor Joyce White Vance and Texas State Rep. Matt Schaefer, a Republican, highlighted the contradiction between Trump’s message and the spirit of Christmas, emphasizing the Christian principle of loving one’s enemies.
As Trump’s religious beliefs come under scrutiny, this incident adds another layer to the ongoing political and ideological divisions within the Republican Party.