Kinzinger made his debut as a CNN contributor Wednesday evening on "Erin Burnett Outfront" and joins the network’s lineup of self-proclaimed "Never-Trump Republicans" including former Rep. Charlie Dent, Alyssa Farrah Griffin, and Ana Navarro.
Just days before the announcement Fox News host Tucker Carlson predicted the move saying, "In just weeks, Adam Kinzinger will be another CNN contributor. No one will ever see him again, but we will never forget him."
The former Illinois representative ,who has served since 2011, formally left the House this week after choosing not to seek reelection in the 2022 midterms. He announced in October 2021 that he was retiring though he likely would have faced a difficult battle for reelection due to redistricting and his unpopularity in his own party.
Kinzinger was known as one of the most vocal anti-Trump lawmakers in Congress and was one of the token Republicans appointed to the House Jan. 6 Committee by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He said of his work on the committee, that if Trump was not charged with inciting an insurrection, "the future of the country is doomed."
He was also one of the ten Republican lawmakers who voted for former President Trump's impeachment following the riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and called the GOP under Trump "kind of creepy."
Often referred to as a “RINO” (Republican In Name Only), Kinzinger was a regular guest on the liberal network during the last two years, usually invited on-air to slam former President Donald Trump and the majority of Republicans.
Kinzinger was mocked mercilessly on Fox News and social media after the announcement, as many assumed he would sign with a liberal news network at the end of his term.
"After seeing its ratings plummet over the past two years, Tucker, CNN has informed the world that it will no longer be a far-left media organization and will instead go back to being an unbiased news source as if there was evidence that CNN was ever an unbiased news source," Trace Gallagher said Wednesday night on Tucker Carlson.
"But to prove that things are changing," he continued, "CNN has now hired former GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger, as not just a political analyst mind you, but the network's senior political analyst, which is no surprise to this show."
He added, "It appears to be a good fit considering the only one who hates former President Trump more than CNN is Adam Kinzinger."
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