GOP lawmaker calls Trump's election fraud allegations a 'scam'

GOP Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Kinzinger is first GOP lawmaker to call on Gaetz to resign Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter MORE (Ill.) called on President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE and his allies to drop their push to overturn the results of 2020 election, referring to the effort as a "scam" during an interview Sunday with CNN's "State of the Union."

Speaking with host Dana BashDana BashBiden's first presser wasn't about him — not really Blinken suggests US won't take punitive action on China over COVID-19 Senator scolds Georgia governor: 'He knows better' MORE, the Illinois Republican took aim at allies of the president and so-called thought leaders on social media who have come up with different scenarios in which they believe Trump could overturn the election results and serve a second term.

"They're getting retweets. They're getting followers. They're raising money off this scam. It is a scam," Kinzinger said.

"It is going to disappoint the people who think this election was stolen," he continued. 

"But instead of being upset with the people who led them on this grifting scam, they're gonna somehow try to convince these people that it was, I don't know, what's the new word? The RINOs in Congress," he said, noting the acronym for the pejorative phrase "Republican in name only."

"We have to follow the Constitution, and I'm sorry if the outcome is not what you wanted," said Kinzinger.

The congressman went on to say there is no constitutional mechanism for overturning the results of an election as determined by the Electoral College, which voted earlier in December to affirm President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech Kemp: Pulling All-Star game out of Atlanta will hurt business owners of color MORE's win.

"The reality is there is no impetus to overthrow an election even if you want to," he said.

His remarks are some of the strongest Trump and his allies have seen among a member of the GOP House minority. Most congressional Republicans have either remained silent on the issue or voiced support for efforts to examine unproven claims of voter and election fraud leveled by the president's attorneys and others.

Despite many remaining publicly silent on the issue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Democrats see opportunity in GOP feud with business Biden resists calls to give hard-hit states more vaccines than others MORE (R-Ky.) reportedly urged Senate Republicans not to bow to the president's wishes and contest the election results during a special session of Congress in January to certify the election results.

Trump has continued to level his claims of voter fraud and electoral corruption in recent days, even as courts around the country have rejected a vast majority of his legal team's efforts to halt the certification of election results.