Thursday, 01 Dec 2022

Republican Adam Kinzinger: election deniers wont go away organically

Republican Adam Kinzinger: election deniers wont go away organically

Republican Adam Kinzinger: election deniers wont go away organically

Election deniers are not "going to go away organically", and if they are ever to vanish, US voters must signal "that truth matters" beginning with the upcoming midterms, according to a Republican member of the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

Adam Kinzinger's latest remarks on the baseless insistence by Donald Trump's allies that fraudsters denied him a second term in the Oval Office and handed the 2020 election to Joe Biden came Sunday, days after the House January 6 select committee unanimously moved to subpoena the former president's testimony over his knowledge of the deadly Capitol attack.

Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the nine-member January 6 panel, has long called the Capitol attack the inevitable culmination of Trump's lies - buoyed up by supporters in and out of elected office - that he was robbed of victory over his Democratic rival Biden. On Sunday he made arguably one of his most impassioned pleas yet for voters to realize the only way to minimize chances of a Capitol attack repeat, or even an escalation, was to punish candidates denying the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential race at the ballot box.

"I don't think this is just going to go away organically - this is going to take the American people really standing up and making the decision that truth matters," Kinzinger said on ABC's This Week when host George Stephanopoulos mentioned the large number of midterm candidates in state and federal races amplifying Trump's electoral lies.

"I don't care if you're a Republican or Democrat because the battle right now is truth and the battle is the preservation of democracy."

Kinzinger, in his conversation with Stephanopoulos on Sunday, reiterated that the subpoena which the House Capitol attack panel was working on issuing to Trump wouldn't be a request. Trump's rambling, 14-page reply to the subpoena, titled "the presidential election of 2020 was rigged and stolen", never said whether he intends to comply - he once was eager to speak on his own behalf before the panel, but he since has appeared to grasp the potential pitfalls of making statements to investigators.

Nonetheless, "he's required by law to come in" and either testify or invoke his rights against self-incrimination, Kinzinger said. "And he can ramble and push back all he wants - that's the requirement for a congressional subpoena to come in."

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