“Kevin needs to be very clear that he’s going to stand for truth in this party,” Kinzinger told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” “He needs to stand for truth and he needs recognize this party, the future is not going down to Mar-a-Lago and being with Donald Trump.”
McCarthy on Wednesday called the push by Democrats to take away the congresswoman’s committee assignments a “partisan power grab.”
Kinzinger said he would vote to remove Greene of her committee assignments unless she denounces her views publicly and said he wished the vote “was something that we didn’t have to do because it would have been done by our side.”
“I intend to vote for it. The only thing that could change is if today she comes out and publicly shows you know that she has moved on, contriteness,” he said. “If she does that publicly today, you know, then I reserve the right to vote against the resolution on the floor.”
He also called the conference meeting “an embarrassment” and said Greene receiving a standing ovation during the meeting “was disappointing by factor of a thousand.”
“She stood up and kind of gave a bit of contriteness, but then it pivoted into, ‘they’re coming after you next’,” he said. “At least half the room didn’t of course stand up and applaud her. That’s something, I guess. But you know, to see people at the end of it just be all in on Marjorie Taylor Greene. Look, I get it. She’s a Republican in your mind and you want to defend her, but my goodness, look at what’s been said.”
CNN’s Lauren Fox and Clare Foran contributed to this report.