GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger defends his tweet calling Liz Cheney's challengers 'armpit farters,' saying they are 'spreading conspiracy'

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) delivers remarks during the fifth hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on June 23, 2022 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence for almost a year related to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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  • Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger have received backlash from Republicans for opposing Trump.

  • During a recent Wyoming primary debate, Kinzinger called Cheney's opponents "a bunch of arm-pit farters."

  • Kinzinger on Sunday told CNN that her challengers were spreading election conspiracies.

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who is a member of the January 6 House committee, defended his tweet calling Rep. Liz Cheney's primary challengers "armpit farters" during a recent Wyoming Republican primary debate.

Kinzinger told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday's State of the Union that Cheney's GOP primary opponents are "spreading conspiracy."

During a primary debate on Friday, Kinzinger called Cheney's challengers "a bunch of arm-pit farters" on Twitter. Cheney's challengers made a point to spread conspiracy theories during the debate, including claims of stolen elections, and anti-vaccination theory.

"I hope this serves as a lesson to every American. Let's fix this system because the primary system is failing." Kinzinger said on CNN.

Kinzinger and Cheney are the only two Republicans serving on the January 6 House committee. Both have received backlash from their fellow party members for opposing former President Donald Trump. Cheney, who is running for reelection, is facing an uphill battle from her main opponent Harriet Hageman.

According to a survey conducted by the Club for Growth, Hageman, who is endorsed by Trump, is leading ahead of Cheney by 30 points. During the debate, Hageman did not say whether she believed the election was stolen but she did sidestep the question by saying, "They're not focusing on the issues that are important to the people in Wyoming and they're also ignoring the corruption that is absolutely destroying Washington D.C. and as a result taking down the rest of the country."

Kinzinger told Bash: "You know, her main opponent was a big supporter of Liz Cheney until she found out that maybe she could run against Liz Cheney. And so they are lying to their constituents."

Wyoming's GOP primary will take place on August 16.

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