On Monday, December 14, the far-right fringe lawyer Lin Wood tweeted that Georgia's Governor and Secretary of State should be arrested for refusing to overturn the results of the state's election in favor of Donald Trump.
The President himself retweeted the message.
President Trump @realDonaldTrump is a genuinely good man. He does not really like to fire people. I bet he dislikes… https://t.co/hwyajpvXcM— Lin Wood (@Lin Wood)1608009590.0
Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger responded to Wood's tweet, referring to him as a "massive grifter" and wondering why the President would lend him any credence.
As my grandma used to say “oh heavens!” Lin Wood is a massive grifter RINO. Why in Gods name would… https://t.co/aid6dLuud2— Adam Kinzinger (@Adam Kinzinger)1608055128.0
Many on Twitter suggested that if Kinzinger was so disappointed with this behavior from his colleagues, he should leave the party.
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump So leave the party— Forklift Certified: Triscuit 5000 (@Forklift Certified: Triscuit 5000)1608055931.0
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump Good question. But why in God's name would *you* caucus with 126 people, including y… https://t.co/UCOLGZsyf9— JAO (@JAO)1608055236.0
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump You and your colleagues are going to be faced with some very difficult questions soo… https://t.co/R2nH1AHIWp— Terminate and Stay Resident (@Terminate and Stay Resident)1608055515.0
Others suggested aligning with a third party.
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump The next controversial retweet will be Lin wood founding a 3rd party dedicated to Do… https://t.co/siYlLcJ2It— 1/20/2021 1200hrs (@1/20/2021 1200hrs)1608055244.0
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump Adam, out of curiosity - it appears that the majority of GOP politicians have aligne… https://t.co/vD09s4Ibcz— Chuck Durnberger (@Chuck Durnberger)1608058174.0
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump You will have to lead the way Cruz Rubio and many others are no longer leaders they are followers— M Edward (@M Edward)1608059740.0
There were some on Twitter who praised Kingzinger's willingness to call out the President's unhinged behavior.
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump Thank you, Congressman, for your courage in calling out the crazy. The country is in… https://t.co/FIktTZPqwG— soxfan4 (@soxfan4)1608065899.0
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump Because Trumpy Bear is the griftiest of grifters and the definition of a RINO? I sti… https://t.co/SyIDOc96jf— Nic (@Nic)1608055327.0
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump Maybe because he was never a Republican in the first place? Maybe he saw the opportu… https://t.co/H3fvdoOtHH— Eliseo (@Eliseo)1608055264.0
Considering how long Trump has been acting this way, however, many people felt Kingzinger's confusion was a touch performative.
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump You seem surprised that the @GOP version of Frankenstein went of the rails and is in… https://t.co/MAAHMdPYD8— Liberalgirl3 (@Liberalgirl3)1608068148.0
@RepKinzinger Adam it's time to leave the GOP and become an independent.— maraleia MAT (#BidenHarris won the Nov 3 election) (@maraleia MAT (#BidenHarris won the Nov 3 election))1608055247.0
@RepKinzinger @SpiroAgnewGhost @realDonaldTrump Is this a serious question? If you hadn’t spent so much time with b… https://t.co/BfhjE5ElOg— AdaKepley (@AdaKepley)1608087941.0
Trump allies continue to spread unfounded conspiracy theories to any news outlet that will let theml
@RepKinzinger @realDonaldTrump Why is the GOP not fully calling this out? Why? An all out assault on democracy is b… https://t.co/sqWfB0uprn— Tracy Henry (@Tracy Henry)1608060678.0
If Kinzinger wants to make a real difference, he'll need to do more than tweet about President Trump's bad behavior...but very few people online are holding their breath waiting for that to happen.