Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) blasted Republicans who are pushing the GOP lies that Trump won the election and there wasn't an insurrection on January 6th.
Gonzalez made his remarks at a virtual forum hosted by the City Club of Cleveland, NBC News reports.
"I think as a party, frankly, we need to be on the side of truth, we need to be on the side of substance, and that's how we're going to win back majorities both in the House and the Senate and hopefully the White House in 2024," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez did not vote to overturn the election, instead voting to impeach Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection.
"I think continuing to perpetuate falsehoods, especially ones that are dangerous that led to the violence on Jan. 6, is a recipe for disaster for the party, but it's also horribly irresponsible," Gonzalez said.
"Sometimes when I hear us talk about the state of our party, we talk as if we somehow won an election," he said. "Right now, my concern is we're trying to excommunicate our own voters. When you're fully out of power, you need to be adding voters, not subtracting voters. So this position that we find ourselves in is sort of baffling from a party standpoint. My hope is that we can find a way to coexist, build the tent, expand the tent and move forward."
Gonzalez had tough words for Republicans following the insurrection.
As a very tense situation continues to unfold, I condemn these violent mobs in the strongest terms. The peaceful tr… https://t.co/77GzKfV2y7— Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (@Rep. Anthony Gonzalez) 1609968655.0
Gonzalez is being challenged in the 2022 GOP primary by Max Miller, a former Donald Trump aide.