Adam Kinzinger, maybe the most anti-Trump lawmaker in the House, says that the vast majority of Republican lawmakers don’t believe Trump’s election lie.
Earlier this year, Republicans had the chance to do away with Donald Trump for good. They came relatively close with 7 GOP lawmakers voting to convict the former president of impeachment. It wasn’t enough, though, and Trump has remained in control of the party.
And in order to stay in good standing in the party, lawmakers have to play along with Trump’s lies about the election. According to Kinzinger, however, very few of them actually believe it.
The Illinois Rep. made the comments to Jake Tapper over the weekend. He told the CNN host, “How many actually believe it? Five, probably, if that, maybe? I don’t know, but it’s in the single, it’s low.”
“People don’t believe it. But what they are doing is they’re sitting around saying, ‘I need to continue to exist in this job so that I can make an impact. I don’t have the courage or the strength or the ability to swing this party, so I’m going to just kinda put my head down and go along.’ Some people have made the decision that grabbing onto the Trump train again, even though it’s been derailed, is the best way for us to push whatever.”
Watch a clip of the comments below, courtesy of CNN:
"What they're saying is if you don't go along with the big lie, if you don't go along with the fact that the election was stolen, then you basically need to go. And that's what that unity is."
– Rep. Adam Kinzinger on GOP members looking to "unify" by being a "fighter" like Trump pic.twitter.com/LPgNSkHiMM
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) May 7, 2021
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