WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger shared a letter his wife received last week.
- The letter said the congressman would be “executed” and that his wife and five-month-old child would join him.
- Kinzinger said he was subject to threats since he joined the Jan. 6 House committee.
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Sunday that he and his family received a death threat because of his role in the recent Jan. 6 select committee hearings.
“This threat that came in, it was mailed to my house. We got it a couple of days ago, and it threatens to execute me, as well as my wife and 5-month-old child,” said Kinzinger Sunday on “This Week” on ABC News.
“We’ve never seen or had anything like that. It was sent from the local area,” he added.
The GOP congressman tweeted a photo of the threatening letter, saying it was addressed to his wife and sent to his home.
In the “This Week” interview, Kinzinger said he’s not concerned for his own safety, but he is worried for his family.
“I don’t worry — but now that I have a wife and kids, of course, it’s a little different,” the congressman said.
Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney are the only Republicans on the committee. He predicted that more violence will happen in the future due to the spread of lies over the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“There’s violence in the future, I’m going to tell you,” he said on “This Week.””And until we get a grip on telling people the truth, we can’t expect any differently.”
In recent months, public officials who suggested that former President Trump’s claims that the 2020 election results were stolen have received threats, the Washington Post reports.
According to The Post, election officials in at least 17 states received threats of violence after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Kinzinger shared the death threat a day before Missouri Senate Republican candidate Eric Greitens posted a controversial video urging his supporters to go “RINO hunting.” The state senate hopeful renewed the talks around violence and threat against elected representatives. Greitens has been slammed for alluding to hunting humans in the video.
Meta removed Greitens’ video from Facebook on Monday afternoon.
Source: The Hill