Kinzinger on Trump event: 'Rally of a loser president'

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerIllinois redistricting proposal creates new Hispanic seat, sets up member-vs.-member races The 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member MORE (R-Ill.) on Sunday dismissed former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE's rally in Ohio over the weekend, characterizing it as a gathering of people to support "a loser president."

"It was a rally of a loser president. I mean, he's the first president to lose reelection in decades," Kinzinger said Sunday evening during an appearance on CNN. "I don't know why these people would go there and in essence ogle at and in many cases just sort of worship a loser." 

At his first post-presidential rally on Saturday in Wellington, Ohio, Trump repeated false claims of widespread voter fraud and an election "rigged" against him. He painted President BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE as incompetent and beholden to the far-left forces in the Democratic Party. 


And Trump pledged to help Republicans loyal to him and his policies during his presidency be elected to Congress in next year's midterm elections.

"After just five months, the Biden administration is already a complete and total catastrophe. I told you," Trump told the crowd.

"We won the election twice, and it's possible we might have to win it a third time," he added, hinting at a possible 2024 White House bid.

Trump in recent weeks has also reportedly been pushing allies in conservative media and other right-wing circles to suggest he will be reinstated as president by the end of the summer. 

Kinzinger, one of Trump's most vocal critics in the lower chamber, called it "frightening" that many people believe what Trump has been saying about the election and a possible reinstatement. 


"They don't take people telling them otherwise," Kinzinger said. "You can take me and [Rep.] Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyAt least five Trump administration staffers have spoken with Jan 6 committee: CNN Juan Williams: Trump is killing American democracy Jan. 6 committee chair: 'No question' Capitol riot was a premeditated attack MORE ... and if it's just us, you can demonize us and say we're the aberration and we are right now, but we're telling the truth." 

Cheney and Kinzinger were among several House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting insurrection against the government following rioting by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Other Republicans, like Reps. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarDemocrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems eye legislative deal by the end of the week Report: Rally organizers say GOP lawmakers worked on Jan. 6 protests MORE (Ariz.) and Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksMo Brooks says he would 'be proud' if staff helped organize Jan. 6 rally The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Budget negotiators: 72 hours and counting Candidates tied to Jan. 6 create new headaches for Republicans MORE (Ala.), have defended the Trump supporters who carried out the attack on Jan. 6 and backed Trump's unfounded claims of voter fraud. 

Kinzinger called on fellow Republicans to say Biden was elected legitimately and stop suggesting otherwise, something he called "really, really dangerous."