Representative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, called on Christian leaders who have pushed President Donald Trump’ s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to “admit their mistakes,” suggesting this was necessary to lead their followers to the truth.
Hundreds of Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday as Congress convened to certify the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden. At a rally earlier in the day, Trump had urged the rioters to march to the Capitol and “fight” as he continued to push unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud. These baseless allegations have been thoroughly litigated, with more than 50 lawsuits brought by Trump and his supporters failing in state and federal courts.
He tweeted “I believe there’s a huge burden now on pastors and clergy who openly spread the conspiracies of a stolen election, like @robertjeffress @BeholdIsrael @Franklin_Graham among many others, to admit their mistakes and lead their flocks out of darkness to truth,” Kinzinger tweeted, calling out South Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress, founder of Behold Israel Amir Tsarfati and evangelical leader Franklin Graham.
“I believe there is a huge burden now on Christian leaders, especially those who entertained the conspiracies, to lead the flock back into the truth,” Kinzinger wrote in an edited follow-up post.