[Editor’s Note: This summary was provided to us through our contact form with a challenge to see if we would run it to show that “not all Civil Air Patrol leaders are supporters of Donald Trump.” Thank you for the contribution.]
Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joined Civil Air Patrol when he was 13 years old after a friend invited him to a weekly squadron meeting. “I liked what I saw and decided I was interested in giving it a go,” said Kinzinger, whose private pilot father had instilled in him an appreciation for aviation and the military.
“I was under the impression that to be a pilot in the military, you must be the cream of the cream, the top of the top,” he said.
“In CAP I got comfortable with a military environment, and it gave me the confidence I needed.”
During his time in the Illinois Wing’s McLean County Composite Squadron, Kinzinger found that “talking about leadership was very beneficial. Leadership is not something you learn in school. Kids have heard the word, but they don’t get it. In CAP we spent two hours a week talking about how to lead.”
Yet far too many of those same Civil Air Patrol members, some on the left coast and some on the right coast, are very much in disagreement with the statements that Kinzinger has made over the past two years. Perhaps these CAP members view themselves as more knowledgeable or otherwise more successful?
December 20, 2018
Rep. Adam Kinzinger told Andrea Mitchell that President Trump’s video on Twitter about the Syrian troop withdrawal was “really kind of tacky.” Kinzinger also said “It is obvious the president is not listening to his advisors on this.”
December 19, 2018
Rep. Adam Kinzinger retweeted and refuted Donald Trump. “This is simply not true.”
November 20, 2018
“I wish [Donald Trump’s statement regarding the Saudi murder of Jamal Khashoggi] would’ve been about a page and a half of how terrible this act is… but I think the results were correct,” he said.
November 13, 2018
“I wish the president had shown some more grace in that and said ‘Thank you for your service,’ instead of ‘It’s because you didn’t back me,’” the 16th District congressman said in an interview Tuesday. “I was very disgusted when I heard that.”
July 18, 2018
“I think President Trump was wrong (Monday) in a major way, and I think it was a very embarrassing press conference,” Kinzinger said. “That said, I stand with our intelligence agencies… It’s a disservice to call out the credibility, especially a disservice in front of the chief enemy of the United States that again in Syria bombs innocent children and hospitals. That’s something we need to continue to remember.”
August 3, 2016
“Now, you have Vladimir Putin basically pulling out the old KGB playbook on how to manipulate Donald Trump, and it appears he’s fallen right into it.”
August 3, 2016
“Donald Trump is beginning to cross a lot of red lines of the unforgivable in politics. I’m not going to support Hillary, but in America we have the right to skip somebody. That’s what it’s looking like for me today. I don’t see how I get to Donald Trump anymore.”
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