Kinzinger to Trump: Time to delete your account

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger appears to have stepped up his criticism of President Donald Trump as he continues to push baseless claims of voter fraud contributing to his election loss.

The president released a short clip on his Twitter account of a 46-minute prerecorded speech in which he echoed his election fraud claims, again without evidence. Twitter even flagged the president's tweet saying, "This claim about election fraud is disputed."

Kinzinger, R-Channahon, retweeted the president's video with a message of his own for Trump.

"Time to delete your account," he said.

The Republican congressman has been willing to criticize Trump during his presidency,, especially on matters of foreign policy and national defense. Kinzinger served in the Air Force and is a self-proclaimed supporter of U.S. leadership in the Middle East.

More recently, Kinzinger has been quite vocal in speaking out against and denouncing right wing conspiracy theories like QAnon.

Since Trump lost the election to Democrat Joe Biden, Kinzinger has also forcefully pushed back against the president's false claims of the election being rigged or stolen.

On Nov. 29, Kinzinger tweeted saying, "The @FBI did not rig the election. If you find yourself believing they did, please stop, and say it out loud, and you will realize how silly it sounds. @realDonaldTrump simply flooding the zone with baseless conspiracies again."

Kinzinger comfortably won reelection to represent the 16th Illinois Congressional District last month.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.