Business Insider: Republican lawmaker says Trump needs to be convicted in order to 'save America'

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of the 10 Republican lawmakers who crossed party lines to vote for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, asked his congressional colleagues to "learn the lessons of the recent past" and vote to convict the former president.

In an opinion column published in the Washington Post on Monday, Kinzinger wrote that "the future of our party and our country depends on confronting what happened" after the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Kinzinger argued that the riot "didn't come out of nowhere" and that it was perpetuated by "four-plus years of anger, outrage and outright lies."

"Perhaps the most dangerous lie — or at least the most recent — was that the election was stolen," Kinzinger wrote. "Of course it wasn't, but a huge number of Republican leaders encouraged the belief that it was. Every time that lie was repeated, the riots of Jan. 6 became more likely."

Kinzinger has been outspoken against lawmakers who insist that the 2020 US presidential election was rife with voter fraud. Federal judges repeatedly struck down legal challenges from Trump allies, while a group of Republicans that included Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri continued to entertain unproven allegations of voting irregularities.

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  • Maura Gillespie
    published this page in News 2021-02-22 14:10:47 -0600