‘2 Down, 8 To Go!’: Trump Takes Delight In GOP Rep. Kinzinger’s Announcement To Retire

[Image: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) -- Twitter video screenshot. 45th President Donald J. Trump -- AP YouTube video screenshot. The Freedom Times compilation].

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) announced Friday in a video message that he will not seek reelection next year. Kinzinger was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach 45th President Donald J. Trump following the January 6 protest at Capitol Hill.

The 45th Commander in Chief touted Kinzinger’s retirement in an email statement on Friday from his “Save America” PAC, expressing, “2 down, 8 to go!”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s retirement message:

45th President Donald Trump’s email statement:

Despite the strong headwinds Kinzinger faced within his own party, however, there were other forces at play in his decision to retire. Illinois lawmakers on Thursday night approved a new congressional map that did away with his Republican-majority district, The Hill reported.

Under the new map, Kinzinger would have been lumped into the same district as Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.). Had he run for reelection, Kinzinger would have likely faced a bruising primary brawl against a more-reliable ally of Trump, per The Hill.

Kinzinger is the second House Republican who voted earlier this year to impeach Trump to announce retirement plans.

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), who also broke party lines in the impeachment vote, said last month that he wouldn’t seek reelection. Trump also relished Gonzalez’s announcement to retire, declaring, “1 down, 9 to go!”

(Related: WATCH: Anti-Trump GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger Admits Trump Is The ‘Leader’ of the Republican Party)

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