Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), one of the few Congressional Republicans who’s expressed public opposition to the president’s fight against the election outcome, has released a new video message in which he both fact-checks some Trump-allied conspiracies and condemns some members of Congress who’ve jumped on board with the outgoing president’s efforts. Trump has been obsessively pushing the lie that widespread, systematic fraud swung the election to Biden, but there’s just zero legitimate evidence for this claim whatsoever.
Kinzinger commented, in part, as follows:
‘The president doesn’t want to admit defeat, and nobody would, but he’s trying to discredit the election results through falsehoods and conspiracies… As public servants, we have a responsibility to serve in good faith. Purporting falsehoods is dangerously irresponsible, and it’s just plain wrong… Yes, we have some voter fraud issues in any given election, but nothing has been enough to change the outcome of the 2020 election.’
Kinzinger’s fact-checks covered topics like Dominion Voting Systems, a widely used voting and election management machine company that Trump and his allies have targeted with their unhinged conspiracies. Some of the outgoing president’s most conspiracy-inclined allies — like Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani — have pushed the notion that Dominion machines fraudulently swung the election to Biden, but there’s absolutely no real and legitimate evidence for this idea, as Kinzinger noted and as other federal officials have also already explained. Nevertheless, Trump himself has pushed the Dominion idea, once claiming that the machines “deleted” millions of his votes from across the country, which unequivocally did not happen.
In his new video message, Kinzinger also decried his fellow Congressional Republicans who are planning to challenge the electoral vote totals when Congress meets to confirm the numbers on January 6. Since members of both houses of Congress have already announced their intention to back the challenge, the matter will move to debate, although there’s no indication that anywhere close to a majority of either chamber will support disqualifying a single electoral vote.
Kinzinger commented as follows:
‘Right now, members of Congress are planning to try to overthrow this election by using the debunked conspiracy theories. Let’s be clear: they won’t succeed, and they all know it. They will raise money on it however. I’ve heard from so many members of Congress who know this isn’t true, but they fear their next election.’
Watch Kinzinger below: