Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) launched a political attack via Twitter on a decorated Green Beret and Gold Star husband over the weekend, but the tables were turned after he was called out on his own lack of combat service.
“Losing sucks I’m sure. I’ve never lost but I’m sure it does, loser,” Kinzinger tweeted at special forces veteran and U.S. House candidate Joe Kent. “White supremacy just doesnt [sic] win races like it did in 1921. Enjoy never being in congress.”
Kent is a former Army Ranger who went on to join the Fifth Special Forces where he logged eleven combat tours in the Middle East, rising to the rank of Chief Warrant officer.
Kinzinger served in the Air National Guard as a fuel tanker pilot and never saw combat, a fact Kent referenced in his response on Twitter.
“You speak like someone who has always had the privilege of being protected by a title,” Kent wrote. “Now that you quit congress, will you travel to Ukraine to finally experience combat without crew rest & within range of the enemy? Or is that too much for a fella?”
You speak like someone who has always had the privilege of being protected by a title.
Now that you quit congress, will you travel to Ukraine to finally experience combat without crew rest & within range of the enemy? Or is that too much for a fella? https://t.co/pEFtyX0iJu
— Joe Kent for WA-3 (@joekent16jan19) November 14, 2022
Despite Kinzinger possessing a much larger account than account, and being a favorite of both left-wing journalists and the Twitter algorithm, Kent’s tweet quickly accrued more likes.
At press time, Kent’s response to the Kinzinger attack received almost 20,000 likes.
Kinzinger is perhaps best known for tearing up and becoming emotional in public and in front of television cameras.
Kinzinger’s approval ratings in his home state are anemically low among Republican constituents, and he has announced he will not be seeking reelection.