Save one or two maybe out here, nobody — and I think it's very important to repeat — nobody actually believes the election was stolen from Donald Trump but a lot of them are happy to go out and say it was. — Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
Save one or two maybe out here, nobody — and I think it's very important to repeat — nobody actually believes the election was stolen from Donald Trump but a lot of them are happy to go out and say it was. — Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says most Republicans in Congress privately don’t believe Trump’s election-fraud claims but repeat them in public anyway
  • Kinzinger is considered a GOP pariah for speaking against Trump and sitting on the Jan. 6 commission.
  • But he told CNN most congressional Republicans don't really believe Trump's election-fraud claims.
  • He also said "a lot" of his GOP colleagues had privately praised his work on the Jan. 6 panel.
Kinzinger said that not many Republicans in Congress who were outwardly loyal to Trump believe those claims to be true.

"Save one or two maybe out here, nobody — and I think it's very important to repeat — nobody actually believes the election was stolen from Donald Trump but a lot of them are happy to go out and say it was," Kinzinger said.

Kinzinger has faced attacks from Trump loyalists in his party for accepting an invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to sit on the panel.

Blitzer asked him if any party colleagues had privately expressed their support for his decision to take part.

"Yes, oh yeah, yeah," Kinzinger responded. "There's a lot of people, you know. And they come up and say it. It's not any of the ones that go on TV and spout the big lie and then say it. It's the ones that are staying more quiet that I think appreciate the stand. But it's a lot."

The "big lie" is the name that Trump critics give his claim that the election was stolen from him.

Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney, the other Republican serving on the committee, have become pariahs in their party over their stance against Trump in the wake of the Capitol riot.
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