Kinzinger Says He Thought About Shooting Capitol Rioters, Felt a ‘Real Sense of Evil’ on Jan. 6

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said in a recent interview that he was armed and willing to shoot rioters during the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion.

“I knew there was going to be violence. I didn’t necessarily know they were going to sack the Capitol, but I knew there was going to be violence,” Kinzinger told Rolling Stone.


Asked if he was “genuinely scared” on Jan. 6, Kinzinger responded, “Yeah.”

“I’d say maybe it’s around 2:30 p.m., and there was a moment where I was like, ‘Man, there’s a real sense of evil.’ I can’t explain it any further than that. And I’m not one of these guys that feels evil a lot,” he said.

“But I just felt a real darkness, like a thick, bad feeling. And there was about a 15- to 30-minute timeframe, where, at one point, you realize they’ve breached the Capitol,” he added. “I know if they can breach those outer lines, they can get anywhere, including my office. And I had been targeted on Twitter that day and prior, like, ‘Hangman’s noose. We’re coming for you.’”

Kinzinger was then asked point-blank if he had contemplated having to shoot American citizens, to which he responded, “Yeah, I thought about it.” – READ MORE