Huffington Post is reporting that Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) used an insult frequently hurled at liberals by the right to attack Donald Trump.
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday, Kinzinger called the former president a “snowflake” and “one of the weakest men I’ve ever seen.”
The remark came during a discussion about Trump’s vitriolic response to former President George W. Bush’s speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
On Saturday, Bush stated that there is “little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home.” Trump fired back on Monday, saying Bush “shouldn’t be lecturing anyone” for his role in “getting us into the quicksand of the Middle East.”
Kinzinger, a frequent critic of Trump’s twice-impeached presidency, suggested the response lacked strength.
“I mean, If you think about it, what is strength? Strength isn’t somebody that just gets their dander up every time because they feel they have such a lack of self-esteem, they feel they have to out an attack,” said Kinzinger.
“Somebody with strength is someone who can take criticism, who can go out on a day like Sept. 11 and bring people together,” he continued. “Folks on my side like to use the term snowflake when talking about people that get offended really easy. Well, that’s Donald Trump.”
“I look at who he is as a person and the amount of offended he gets on anything and how he has to go out and punch down,” Kinzinger added. “He’ll attack a radio host, for goodness sakes, when he was president of the United States.”
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger calls former President Trump "one of the weakest men I've ever seen."
"Folks on my side like to use the term 'snowflake' when talking about people that get offended really easily. That's Donald Trump." pic.twitter.com/mRUI6FSboc
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 14, 2021
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The Hill reports that Trump slammed Bush on Monday for mentioning domestic extremism during his speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, claiming that the 43rd president “shouldn’t be lecturing anybody.”
“So interesting to watch former President Bush, who is responsible for getting us into the quicksand of the Middle East (and then not winning!), as he lectures us that terrorists on the ‘right’ are a bigger problem than those from foreign countries that hate America, and that are pouring into our Country right now,” Trump said in a statement distributed by Save America PAC.
“If that is so, why was he willing to spend trillions of dollars and be responsible for the death of perhaps millions of people? He shouldn’t be lecturing us about anything,” he added.
Trump stated that the Twin Towers “fell during his presidency,” and that Bush “led a failed and uninspiring presidency.”
“He shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!” Trump continued.
On September 11, Bush spoke at a memorial ceremony near Shanksville, Pa., where one of the four planes crashed on 9/11. He drew parallels between “violent extremists abroad” and those “at home,” saying the two are “children of the same foul spirit.”
“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within,” Bush said.
“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” he continued. “But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit. And it is our continuing duty to confront them.”
Bush’s remarks came after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning about increased security threats in the United States in the aftermath of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin last month warning that the 20th anniversary of the 2011 attacks could “serve as a catalyst for acts of targeted violence,” adding that extremists may be looking to exploit the COVID-19 variants and the resumption of public health measures in the United States as a “rationale to conduct attacks.”