Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Monday he doesn't think anyone in government really believes conspiracy theories such as the ones spread through QAnon, but he does think it's important to denounce them rather than just dismiss them.
"I'm always into the conspiracy theories because I think they are the thing that destroys this country in the long run," the Illinois Republican said on CNN's "New Day." "It undermines faith in government."
But when the theories become mainstream, it becomes important for people to denounce conspiracy theories that affect their own party.
"The Democrats point fingers at things on the left and that's not going to change anything," said Kinzinger. "It has to happen within your own party. You have to fight for the purity of your party and QAnon, the insidiousness of it is everything this person or people or Russian intelligence agency has ever predicted has been wrong."
Also on Monday, Kinzinger has said he is voting for President Donald Trump's reelection, but he does not agree on many of his policy points.
"There's two parties in a country of 350 million so you have a variance of opinions and if you ever want to win the elections, you have to allow that variance of opinion," said Kinzinger. "Quite honestly, I think we're going to have to redefine what conservatism is and all that. I think going forward being able to have your own opinion and express your views on the platform is extremely important and you know, again, it's not a huge deal in terms of execution. I just think it's definitely strange and I wish it wouldn't be the case."
However, Republicans must have a vision for the next four years on coronavirus, even though hopefully, it won't be front and center that long, said Kinzinger.
"We need to do to mitigate this and save lives, and then we can look back and find out what was done wrong, what was done right," he said. "We all made mistakes."
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