‘Sad and an utter scam’: Republican congressman accuses Trump of temper tantrums and conspiracy theories
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) interviews witnesses during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing regarding the dismissal of Inspector General of the State Department Steven Linick on Capitol Hill September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger said Donald Trump and his allies' attempts to reverse the November presidential election results were an "outright scam" intended to "raise money and gain followers."
Although President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election last month, Mr Trump has repeatedly falsely claimed that there was widespread electoral fraud, and he still has not admitted.
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Mr Trump and his team have dismissed more than 50 legal challenges last month as he and his allies are still trying to reverse last month's election results. There is no evidence to back up the claims.
On Saturday morning, Mr Trump reiterated his unsubstantiated allegations and tweeted, “The Department of Justice and the FBI, despite overwhelming evidence, did nothing about fraud in the 2020 presidential election, the largest fraud in our country's history.
“You should be ashamed of yourself. History will be remembered. Never give up. See you all in DC on January 6th. "
Mr. Kinzinger, of Illinois, responded to the post that Twitter identified as a controversial claim: “My God. Try to burn the place down on the way out because you can't handle losing. No evidence, nothing but tantrums and crazy conspiracies. Embarrassing. #RestoreOurGOP. ”
In a later tweet, the Illinois representative added, "The whole January 6th conversation from @realDonaldTrump and other congressional bailiffs is simply explained: They will raise money and gain followers by blaming everyone else who knows exactly that there is nothing they can do. " It's sad and a total deception. #restoreourgop. "
On January 6, Congress will meet to count the votes of the electoral college and confirm Mr. Biden as the next US president.
In his posts on Saturday, Mr Kinzinger apparently referred to reports in the New York Times earlier this month that Mr Trump had raised around $ 170 million (£ 127 million) since November 3 to help improve the election result. Much of the funding was secured in the week following the election.
Since then, Mr. Trump and his campaign team have repeatedly sent out emails asking for donations to an "election defense fund".
Although the campaign claimed the donations were for the "Defense Fund," the fine print of the notice suggests that much of the money was being donated to support these efforts, as Election Day instead paid off the campaign's debt and the Republican National Committee again has filled up.
The money was also spent to help launch Save America, a new political action committee that Mr Trump formed after the election. The money raised by the committee can be used for personal expenses.
Mr. Kinzinger's criticism of Mr. Trump also came amid reports that Alabama Representative Mo Brooks and new Senator Tommy Tuberville will be challenging the vote of the electoral college in January.
Earlier this month, Mr Brooks announced he would object to the voters selected for six states Mr Biden won in the elections when Congress confirmed him as the next US president on Jan. 6, while Mr Tuberville has proposed to join the effort.
In order to force a debate and vote on an objection, a representative of the House and Senate must object in writing. Even then, the motion is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled house.
GOP congressmen met privately with Mr Trump at the White House Monday to discuss plans The Hill said would object to the results of the electoral college.
Brooks joined Matt Gaetz from Florida, Georgian lawmaker Jody Hice and elected representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan from Ohio, all of whom tweeted about it.
Bloomberg reported that Scott Perry from Pennsylvania, Louie Gohmert from Texas, and Andy Biggs from Arizona also attended the meeting.
Several high-profile Republicans and Trump allies, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Committee Chairman Roy Blunt, have urged officials not to object to the Jan. 6 vote in order to warn that this is the best Party politically could harm.
Earlier this month, the US electoral college voted 306 votes on Mr Trump's 232 for president of the presidential election.
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