President Donald Trump and many of his supporters have been adamant that voting irregularities were the deciding factor in this year’s election outcome.
However, not everyone in the Republican Party is convinced, and that disagreement led to a sharp exchange between two Republican members of Congress, Politico reported.
The drama began on Twitter when Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) called out fellow Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for comments he made during an appearance Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.
“This is a scam,” Kinzinger told CNN regarding attempts to challenge the election results. “The reality is there is no impetus to overthrow an election.”
“Descent into chaos”
Kinzinger was specifically referring to a plan by Brooks and other members of Congress including Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to challenge the Electoral College vote, citing electoral misconduct as the reason.
Brooks wasn’t impressed by those remarks and in a tweet Sunday accused Kinzinger of being someone who is willing “to surrender to voter fraud.”
Kinzinger shot back with a tweet: “Brother you’re a friend, but the only thing I’m surrendering to is the Constitution and the will of the people. I’m a fighter, and the Republic needs fighters to defend against descent into chaos.”
Brooks continued the dispute during an appearance Monday on Fox & Friends, the Washington Examiner reported. “It is sad to the extent that we’ve got Republicans who are unwilling to do their homework or unwilling to make tough decisions,” Brooks said.
He continued, “If he would do his homework he would understand that the evidence is overwhelming and he can either surrender to the people who support voter fraud elections or he can fight for his country on this particular issue.”
Brooks points to report
The Alabama congressman also pointed to a 2005 report on the potential for election fraud that was written in part by former Democratic President Jimmy Carter.
It noted, “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.”
“They identified the very same problems that we faced in this election that they warned us that this was going to happen,” Brooks told the hosts.