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Ramsey County extends ban on smoking to property used or controlled by county

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Ramsey County Extends Ban On Smoking To Property Used Or Controlled By County

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday to prohibit smoking on any property used or controlled by the county.

Under the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking has long been banned in indoor public places and places of employment. A new county ordinance bans smoking in outdoor spaces overseen by the county such as Ramsey County grounds, parking lots, vehicles and equipment, walkways, beaches and other parks and recreation areas. Smoking is banned in personal vehicles that are parked on Ramsey County property.

Supporters of the ordinance have praised its potential to reduce litter, decrease negative health outcomes caused by tobacco and protect marginalized communities who are disproportionately impacted by tobacco use. Critics have voiced concern that the ordinance would require tobacco users who work on Ramsey County property to leave the premises in order to smoke, which could be a safety concern.

The ordinance was approved 6-0, with Commissioner Nicole Frethem absent.

“I started smoking when I was 12,” said Commissioner Jim McDonough. “I quit for 11 years. I started in the middle of my first campaign on a Sunday night and it was like I never ever quit. That’s how powerful this is… So I’m really supportive of any of these efforts.”

McDonough added, “This is not that people who don’t smoke are against smokers. This is really a public health issue and a community issue.”



Cortez Masto’s failed attack on Laxalt’s opioid dossier

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Cortez Masto'S Failed Attack On Laxalt'S Opioid Dossier
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“As Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt refused to prosecute an opioid company that dumped 400 million pills on our streets. That may be because Laxalt took tens of thousands of dollars from opioid manufacturers to fund its campaign. Adam Laxalt took their money and turned his back on Nevada.

Campaign announcement for Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), out Aug. 2

“When the city of Reno wanted to sue the opioid manufacturers for the damages they caused, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt tried to stop Reno from holding them accountable. That may be because Laxalt took over $20,000 from opioid companies for its campaign.

Cortez Masto adpublished on August 13

The Senate race between incumbent Cortez Masto and Republican challenger Adam Laxalt is one of the tightest in the nation.

Nevada has been one of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis. In an attack ad, Cortez Masto accused Laxalt of refusing to prosecute opioid manufacturers when he was attorney general. The ad grimly suggests that Laxalt’s stance was influenced by campaign contributions.

It’s one of those highly technical issues that makes it ripe for campaign mischief. Coincidentally or not, after we started asking questions, the campaign released a new ad aimed more specifically at the criticism. This new ad removed the accusation that he refused to sue a particular company, but instead said he tried to stop Reno from taking action against the manufacturers.

Laxalt, son of Sen. Pete Domenici (RN.M.) and grandson of Governor and Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.), served as state attorney general from 2015 to 2019.

In 2016, Nevada was ranked sixth among states for the number of milligrams of opioids dispensed per adult, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. In June 2017, Laxalt announced it was working with a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general to assess whether manufacturers had engaged in illegal practices in the marketing and sale of opioids.

Such multi-state investigations are often undertaken when a national crisis results in litigation. States pool investigative resources and negotiate settlements directly with manufacturers or other parties accused of wrongdoing. When Cortez Masto was Attorney General of Nevada, she was involved in a similar action against the Big Five mortgage managers accused of harming homeowners during the Great Recession. During her Senate run, she touted her role in getting that deal done.

The Cortez Masto ads are based on a dispute Laxalt’s office had with Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve in November 2017. Shortly after Laxalt announced he was running for governor, Schieve said that the city wanted to bring its own lawsuit against the opioid manufacturers. (Reno mayor is a nonpartisan position, but Schieve received support from Democrats when she ran and she ended up endorsing Laxalt’s opponent, Democrat Steve Sisolak, in the race for governor.)

Questions returned to Laxalt and Schieve did not answer a query. Based on our review of news excerpts and letters, as well as an interview with a former official in the Attorney General’s office, this appears to be a tactical dispute. Yet the ads turn it into a nefarious ploy to protect opioid manufacturers.

Indeed, Laxalt’s letter to Schieve urging it to suspend filing the lawsuit was also signed by Nevada consumer advocate Ernest Figueroa. He’s a respected nonpartisan figure in the state who was recently reappointed by Aaron Ford, the Democrat who succeeded Laxalt as attorney general.

The Laxalt-Figueroa letter said that “your initiative brings honor to all Nevadans” and that “we share the same objectives”. But he called for a “united front” to tackle the opioid crisis. In particular, the letter expressed concern that a separate lawsuit against Reno could “undermine Nevada’s position in the multistate investigation in which our office has been actively engaged for more than a year.”

“We thought the multi-state process was the best vehicle,” the former assistant to the Nevada attorney general said, speaking on condition of anonymity as the issue has become politically charged. He added that a separate trial was “uncharted territory” and that “we thought we could be kicked out of the multi-state process.”

Schieve responded with his own letter, saying his lawsuit would not affect the multistate settlement. “While I understand, and can certainly appreciate, your concerns about how a lawsuit from the city could impact this collective investigation, please know that I have serious concerns about the dramatic impact that the opioids have on our city, because of the exorbitant amounts of stress it puts on our emergency rooms to our public safety officers and the countless lives lost,” Schieve wrote.

In the end, Schieve ignored Laxalt and Figueroa and filed his own complaint 10 months after this exchange of letters. By then, Laxalt had already filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and its affiliates. When the Reno lawsuit was filed, Laxalt applauded the action, having determined that it would not undermine Nevada’s standing in the multistate process. “When we weren’t kicked out, we were okay with the suit,” the former assistant said.

Not to get too far into the weeds, but when Ford became Nevada’s attorney general, his office joined the Reno lawsuit and opted out of the $26 billion multistate litigation, only to join him later. Under a 2021 agreement, the state shares settlement payments with 29 local government entities.

Ford, when he was Senate Majority Leader, helped push through an amendment in the final hours of the 2017 legislative session that removed a set of caps on fees recoverable by outside law firms that enter into conditional fee contracts with the state. He was working at the time for a litigation law firm, Eglet Adams, which contracted with municipalities such as Reno to sue opioid manufacturers. (Trial lawyers, of course, are among the biggest supporters of Democrats.)

In other words, tactics and politics have played a big role in the dispute over how best to sue opioid manufacturers. There wasn’t necessarily a right or wrong approach, and eventually the state merged the two. It should be noted that when Laxalt sought the GOP nomination for governor, his main opponent, state treasurer Dan Schwartz, also attacked him for discouraging the Reno lawsuit.

Now watch how these ads frame this murky disagreement:

  • The first ad claims that Laxalt “refused to sue an opioid company that dumped 400 million pills on our streets.” This flimsy assertion is based on the fact that a company was named in the Reno lawsuit that had not yet been addressed in the multistate litigation. But Laxalt did not refuse to sue them.
  • The second ad claims that Laxalt “tried to stop Reno from holding them accountable.” He urged Reno not to sue, but his letter — written with the state’s consumer advocate — made it clear that all parties had the same goal of holding manufacturers accountable.

Both ads then suggest that Laxalt may have been influenced by the campaign contributions.

  • Ad #1: “Maybe it’s because Laxalt took tens of thousands of dollars from opioid manufacturers to fund its campaign.”
  • Ad #2: “Maybe it’s because Laxalt took over $20,000 from opioid companies for its campaign.”

The Cortez Masto campaign provided documents showing that Laxalt received $20,500 in campaign contributions between 2014 and 2018 from pharmaceutical companies making opioids, such as Purdue Pharma and Mallinckrodt.

But these contributions undermine the idea that Laxalt did not take action against opioid companies because of campaign money. He sued Perdue Pharma in 2018 after receiving $2,750 in contributions from Perdue between 2014 and 2016. Laxalt did not sue Mallinckrodt – who appears to be the source of the claim in the first announcement that he “refused to sue – although the company was named in the Reno suit.

As for Cortez Masto, during this campaign cycle, it has received tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from pharmaceutical companies, including Mallinckrodt.

“Masto’s ads are designed to mislead voters,” Laxalt campaign spokeswoman Courtney Holland said in a statement. “As Nevada Attorney General, Adam Laxalt aggressively pursued legal action against numerous manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and he prioritized a legal strategy that was most likely to succeed in obtaining justice for the victims of the opioid industry. He did this in addition to appointing the first-ever statewide opioid coordinator and launching the state’s “Prescription for Addiction” opioid program.

Josh Marcus Blank, a campaign spokesman for Cortez Masto, defended the ads. “As Attorney General, Adam Laxalt tried to block the city of Reno from moving forward with its lawsuit against a major opioid manufacturer — an action the mayor described as an “effort to deter the pursuit of the claims by the city” and declared “pitting Nevadans against Nevadans,” he said in a statement. “At the same time, the Laxalt campaign took thousands from that same opioid company. The announcement accurately reflects these facts.

The Cortez Masto campaign tries mightily to connect the dots in sinister fashion. But they don’t add up. The first version of this ad was particularly bad, falsely claiming that Laxalt had refused to sue a particular company. The revamped version, centering on the dispute with the mayor of Reno, erroneously says he didn’t want to hold opioid manufacturers accountable.

This was a dispute over tactics, not Laxalt wanting to give the opioid makers a break. The ads then insinuate — using the crazy word “maybe” — that Laxalt was indebted to drug companies because of campaign contributions. There is no evidence that this is the case, especially since he sued one of these companies.

Viewers’ eyes might fix on a murky debate over whether a multi-state trial or individual trials is the best approach. But that’s the problem here – not overblown accusations that lack evidence. The first ad was worthy of Four Pinocchios, but the second ad just managed to win Three.

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Child calls 911 to report man and woman fatally shot in St. Paul residence

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A Man And Woman Were Found Fatally Shot In A Residence In The 2000 Block Of California Avenue In St. Paul On Aug. 16, 2022. (Courtesy Of The St. Paul Police Department)

Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman in a St. Paul residence after they were notified by a child who called 911 Tuesday night.

Officers did not arrest anyone and aren’t seeking suspects, according to police.

A man and woman were found fatally shot in a residence in the 2000 block of California Avenue in St. Paul on Aug. 16, 2022. (Courtesy of the St. Paul Police Department)

The child who called 911 at 9:15 p.m. reported two people were shot and killed in the 2000 block of California Avenue in the Northern Hayden Heights neighborhood of the Greater East Side.

Paramedics pronounced the pair dead at the scene.

Investigators and crime scene analysts continued collecting evidence as of early Wednesday. Police called the case a “tragic incident” in a press release, which didn’t include additional information about the circumstances.

Police said they will release the names of the people who died after the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office conducts autopsies.

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Edge Talks WWE Glory’s Journey From ‘Kid With A Bad Mullet’ To World Champion

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Edge Talks Wwe Glory'S Journey From 'Kid With A Bad Mullet' To World Champion

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Edge had one of the most recognizable entrance theme songs early in his WWE career.

“You Think You Know Me” played to packed arenas and stadiums during live shows, tapings and pay-per-views and fans instantly knew who was coming to the ring.

On Sunday, the WWE Universe will get to know Edge a little better when his episode of “WWE Biography: Legends” premieres on A&E.

The 48-year-old’s journey to WWE (formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation) has been full of twists and turns.


He met his best friend, Jay Reso (known in pro wrestling as Christian), when he was around 10, and the two quickly bonded in pro wrestling and dream of stepping into the squared circle while growing up in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. The two would watch their first event together at Maple Leafs Gardens in Toronto and later Edge would watch WrestleMania VI at the Toronto SkyDome.

At that moment, it clicked.

Edge prepares for a spear.

“It was all the things I love. I loved superheroes, I loved music, and I loved sports. So when I saw wrestling, it was all those things because these larger-than-life characters had colorful outfits that would be in the comics,” Edge, real name Adam Copeland, told Fox News Digital in a recent interview.

“They had entrance music and like pyro and stuff, so it’s a Kiss concert. And, they’re doing these things that I equate to a hockey game or a football game – just a athletic performance. He tapped into all the things my little kid brain loved. I never went out of the little kid brain.”

Edge’s career would be launched by chance.


He saw an advertisement in the Toronto Sun for an essay on “Why do I want to be a professional wrestler?” He wrote an epic tale about his dreams and goals and ultimately won the contest, earning the chance to train with professional wrestlers Sweet Daddy Siki and Ron Hutchinson.

When asked if he thought about the trial and how it launched his career, Edge told Fox News Digital he thinks about it “almost every day.”

“I understand that, for me, my life is great,” he said. “I did the one thing I always wanted to do, which was to be a wrestler, and I succeeded. I constantly sit down and reflect. And I think losing the career for nine years made her appreciate it even more and get her back.”

Edge Dropkicks Eddie Guerrero.

Edge dropkicks Eddie Guerrero.

Bret Hart also had a big impact on Edge’s early career. Known as “The Hitman” within the wrestling ranks, the Calgary native appeared on Canadian talk show “The Dini Petty Show.” Edge happened to be at the taping and was able to get some great advice from Hart, who told him to pursue his dream.

“It was huge because he was WWF champion at the time. It was huge. And I considered him the best in the world, so for me to get that encouragement and also to understand that he couldn’t give me the answers to the test because there were no answers, and there really aren’t any answers,” he said. connect.”

Edge said the advice Hart gave him at the time helped him foster some parting wisdom in young guys who came to him for advice.


“I would never turn someone down, and I think a lot of that comes from following Bret’s lead and understanding that you’re an 18-year-old kid sitting in the crowd at the ‘Dini Petty Show’ with a bad mule and a biker jacket, and he found me. And finally, like a year, a year and a half, maybe two years later, I find myself at his house and I get in the ring with him. A lot of what’s happening is happening because Bret cares.”

Edge would hit the independent circuit and train with Hart, honing his in-ring skills and athleticism before making his WWE TV debut. He received a development contract in 1997 and debuted in 1998.

With a universe filled with guys like The Rock, Mankind, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Kane, The Undertaker and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, he came out as Edge and presented as a tortured soul. But why “Edge?”

“I actually invented Edge. I would have preferred Adam Copeland, but that wasn’t really how it worked then, was it? I was doing dark matches, and Don Callis and I were driving and the radio station , it was in Albany and it was ‘Edge 1-0-something’, and growing up in Toronto, Edge 102 was always one of my favorite stations,” he said.

Edge Prepares For A Ladder Match.

Edge prepares for a ladder match.

“I was like, ‘Hmm, that’s got a little rock ‘n’ roll edge to it, Edge.’ They were throwing names like Rage, Riot, and you know it was the late 90s, right? I just thought, ‘Edge, I’m going to throw that over there.’ At least it’s something I could relate to a little better and it stuck.


Edge’s career would gain popularity when he teamed up with Gangrel and his lifelong friend, Christian, and they would become known as The Brood. After The Brood disbanded, Edge and Christian would have one of the most memorable tag team runs in WWE history.

Edge and Christian have won the World Tag Team Championship seven times. The two would feud with The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz and create some of the most iconic matches in pro wrestling history. Ladder matches and tables, ladders and chair matches were developed. In at least one place, Edge was jumping off a ladder and spearing Jeff Hardy who was dangling from the belt buckle several feet above the ring.

While success as a tag team and as a singles contender in the midcard was one thing, Edge didn’t have a real opportunity to pursue a WWE Championship until 2006. He was the first-ever Money in the Bank winner in the business. history and cashed it against John Cena at New Year’s Revolution.

Then known as the “Rated-R Superstar”, Edge would soar to the top of the company. He would become a seven-time World Heavyweight Champion and four-time WWE Champion at the peak of his career.

Edge Hugs The Crowd In The Ring.

Edge hugs the crowd in the ring.

Serious injuries would put a hurdle on any further championship wins. Edge was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, fearing that a bump or jolt could cripple or even kill him. He will appear in limited on-screen roles between 2011 and 2019.


It wasn’t until 2020 that he was allowed to perform again. Edge made a shocking return to the Royal Rumble. It was the biggest pop of the night.

“I expected that we could keep it as secret as possible, so yeah, just for shock,” he told Fox News Digital when asked if he expected the wild reaction from the crowd.

“Because, like everyone else, I assumed it was done,” he said of how he felt about his wrestling career at the time. “So because of that I assumed there would be a pretty shocked response and then you do it in a stadium and chances are there’s a pretty good reaction. Even though I thought that, that still doesn’t really prepare you for every emotion that’s really rocking your system at that moment. I felt like I was struck by lightning in a good way.

Edge would later return as a regular and feud with Randy Orton, The Miz, and AJ Styles. He would be the leader of The Judgment Day faction before getting excited and starting his feud with the members of that group.

Edge’s episode airs at 8 p.m. ET on A&E.


He said he hopes fans who tune in to watch his mini-documentary and come to their own conclusions about his career and the pursuit of his wrestling dreams.


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Truck theft affects San Jose man’s family, business and volunteer efforts to help homeless

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Truck Theft Affects San Jose Man'S Family, Business And Volunteer Efforts To Help Homeless

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — A San Jose resident father and local food pantry volunteer had his truck stolen outside his home recently.

Anthony Moore described his frustration to ABC7 News over the senseless theft of his green Chevy Silverado.

“It’s the second time they’ve stolen it in six months,” Moore explained. “I’m in trouble. I don’t have insurance, so if they burn or whatever, it’s done.”

More than transportation, he relies on the truck for his catering business, uses it to take his daughter to school, and in his spare time Moore donates his vehicle to help those in need.

Pastor Ralph Olmos of Lighthouse Food Rescue and Distribution in the city’s Northside neighborhood described, “We try to find all the resources we can to try to get the job done, and often those are our own cars.

Moore used his truck to help transport food for the nonprofit and even towed equipment used in larger efforts to feed the ever-growing homeless population.

VIDEO: 6 arrested after SJPD uncovers underground bunker with $100,000 in stolen property inside

As demand for homeless help has skyrocketed during the pandemic, Pastor Olmos said the theft of Moore’s truck could impact business.

“It hurts us because it affects the flow of food here,” Pastor Olmos said. “When a car is missing, a load is not picked up. It affects how this place works because we are a bit different than most distros, being a free farmer’s market.”

On Tuesday, we found Moore working on the front door of the lighthouse. He lives within walking distance.

“The gate is kind of a critical position because that’s where you actually meet us,” Pastor Olmos told ABC7 News. “You can actually interact with us and I think Anthony’s place here kind of grew in the neighborhood. He’s had a really powerful effect on the people here because everybody knows everybody. world here in the Northside.”

A few days earlier, surveillance cameras had captured what appeared to be a white SUV driving through the area. Moore and other residents believe it’s related to the Friday morning robbery.

Moore said additional footage showed the SUV pulling up near his truck around 1:15 a.m.

RELATED: New California law aims to crack down on catalytic converter theft

He said two minutes later, “You see my brake lights come back on, then you see them go off.”

Moore said he filed a police report.

He said he was able to get his truck back months ago, after seeing it driving through town.

Now, the man who dedicates his time to his children and his community needs extra help himself, just to make ends meet.

“I don’t know what it is with these trucks, but it has to stop,” he said. “I can’t take it. I mean, I’m on point right now – I probably don’t have enough to pay my rent because that’s what I use to do the restoration.”

Pastor Olmos added: “Taking his truck, it doesn’t make sense. Because this guy, he’s a father, he takes his children to school, and he comes here right after and picks up loads. So , it doesn’t really make sense to hurt a person like that.”

EXCLUSIVE: Suspected thief leaves flyers on SF cars asking for money so they can stop ‘stealing’

Moore said his green Chevy Silverado 4×4 had black rims. He described it as an old Fish and Game truck with holes in the roof where the antennas were.

The first time the truck was taken, it lost catering equipment, awnings and fillet knives, which totaled a loss of items worth $400-500.

When he retrieved the truck, he added a club for safety.

This time around the truck stored a barbecue flag, steaks and earflaps.

If the truck is returned, he plans to have an alarm and a circuit breaker installed.

Moore shared a link to an online campaign to help cut costs. Go here to help you.

If you’re on the ABC7 News app, click here to watch live

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The case against Notre Dame football betting in 2022

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The Case Against Notre Dame Football Betting In 2022

College Football Betting Overview Schedule

Thursday: Betting on Alabama
Friday: Ohio State Betting
Saturday: Paris Georgia
Monday: Paris Clemson
Tuesday: LSU Betting

Bet: Notre Dame Under 9 wins (-105)

Best case: The Irish have a ton of positivity coming into this 2022 campaign after just missing out on the college football playoffs (they finished fifth in the standings) last season. They’re returning 15 starters, and the players are loving new head coach Marcus Freeman, who previously served as defensive coordinator under Brian Kelly. Freeman’s first game as head coach came at the Fiesta Bowl, where the Golden Domers took a 28-7 lead before falling to Oklahoma State. Now that he has a full offseason, Freeman should be fine with a program that faces only a few really tough games: at Ohio State and USC and at home against Clemson.

Worst case: Kelly may have acted like a clown with the mic and his fake southern accent, but the guy doesn’t mess with the headphones. He has won 40 of his last 41 games when Notre Dame has been favored. Sure, he may not have covered the point spread, but when he had the better team, the Irish won outright. It’s the sign of a very good coach, while the verdict has always fallen on the 36-year-old Freeman. Will Freeman make sure the Irish run their business against mediocre opponents like Cal, BYU, Stanford and Boston College? He needs it because he will be outdone by elite coaches and players at Ohio State, Clemson and USC.

Betting round: The Irish have won double digits for five consecutive years, and now we need them to hit the maximum eight to cash in on that bet? I’m taking a small leap here, but losing a top coach like Kelly should have a significant impact. He won at every stage throughout his three-decade head coaching career. I just can’t ignore this sustained success with a rookie now taking the reins. It takes more than 10 wins to lose this bet, so I like my chances of pushing or cashing in.


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Adam Kinzinger warns that some Christians are now ‘equating Donald Trump with the person of Jesus Christ,’ calls on pastors who support Trumpism

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Adam Kinzinger Warns That Some Christians Are Now 'Equating Donald Trump With The Person Of Jesus Christ,' Calls On Pastors Who Support Trumpism

Rep. Adam Kinzinger slammed pastors for failing to speak out against Trumpism.Alex Wong/Getty Images

  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger said some Christians in the United States equate Donald Trump with Jesus Christ.

  • In an interview with MSNBC, he also criticized pastors who spread Trumpism from the pulpit.

  • The GOP congressman also warned of political tribalism that has blurred voters’ moral boundaries.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said on Tuesday that some Christian circles in the United States equate former President Donald Trump with Jesus Christ, warning of “tribalistic” behavior that has led voters to “accept anything” to stay within their communities.

During an interview with MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, Kinzinger said many pastors in America have “disappointed their congregation” either by preaching Trumpism “from the pulpit” or refusing to talk about the “corrosion” of the ideology.

“And you have people today who, literally, I think in their hearts – they may not say it – but they equate Donald Trump with the person of Jesus Christ,” added Kinzinger, who identifies himself. as a Christian. “And for them, if you’re speaking out against even this ‘amazing man Donald Trump,’ who obviously is pretty flawed, you’re speaking out against Jesus, against their Christian values.”

Kinzinger, one of two House Select Committee Republicans investigating the Capitol riot, was one of the most vocal lawmakers against Trump and voted to impeach the former president in 2021.

The Illinois congressman has, in turn, been censured by the Republican National Committee and often draws heat from Trump supporters inside and outside Congress.

In February, Kinzinger received a letter from 11 of his own family calling him a “disappointment” for advocating for Trump’s impeachment.

“We were once so proud of your accomplishments. Instead, you are going against your Christian principles and joining the devil’s army (the Democrats and the fake media),” the letter read.

Commenting on the letter on Tuesday, Kinzinger said Americans have become so “tribalistic” that they fear being ostracized from their communities “more than they fear death.”

“And so you accept anything because now republicanism or conservatism or Trumpism becomes your identity,” he said.

“I got kicked out of my tribe, and that’s fine,” he told Wagner.

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