Hawley was the first senator to say he would oppose the victory of President-elect Joe Biden, citing unfounded allegations of mass election fraud. So when the rebels rushed inside, trying to cancel the election, it was clear who was to blame, Danforth said.
“But it wouldn’t have happened to him,” Danforth told the Kansas City Star. He made the certification vote “a way to express the view that the election was stolen. He was responsible.
His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post late Thursday. But in a statement to KSDK, the 41
“I will never apologize for giving my voice to the millions of Missourians and Americans who are concerned about the integrity of our election,” he said. “This is my job and I will continue to do it.”
In the conduct of the Senate objecting to Biden voters along with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex), Hawley quickly raised his national profile, gaining the kind of attention many observers speculate could pave the way for a future White House nomination. But it may also have brought him more blame for the riots than anyone but President Trump.
As Kim Bellwer of The Washington Post reported, Hawley raised a fist in solidarity as he passed Trump supporters in front of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. Hours later, part of this crowd stormed the building, abruptly halting the certification process. But when Congress met again later in the day, Hawley continued his objections.
After witnessing the “disturbing, deadly uprising”, Simon and Schuster said on Thursday that they had canceled a book deal with the senator, who was first elected to Congress in 2018.
“We take seriously our greater public responsibility as citizens and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what has become a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom,” the statement said.
The senator was to release a book with Simon and Schuster entitled “The Tyranny of Big Technology,” about how big technology companies “pose the most serious threat to American freedom from the gilded monopolies,” Amy B Wang of The Post reported.
Hawley responded by condemning the publisher as an “awakened mob” and vowing to fight his “culture of revocation” in court.
“It couldn’t be more Orwellian,” he said in a statement on Twitter. “This is the left that wants to repeal all those who disapprove.”
Yet much of the reaction to Hawley actually comes from other Republicans – and at least in one case from the man whose donations fuel the senator’s political rise.
David Humphreys, a businessman and former conservative megadonor in Missouri, said Thursday that Hawley should be convicted of using “irresponsible, inflammatory and dangerous tactics.”
“He has now revealed himself as a political opportunist, ready to undermine the Constitution and the ideals of the nation he has vowed to stand for,” Humphreys, president and CEO of Tamko Building Products, told the Missouri Independent.
According to the Independent, Humphreys’ donations accounted for about a third of Hawley’s total fundraising for his successful 2016 campaign for Missouri prosecutor. Two years later, the mega-donor’s family gave about $ 2 million to groups supporting Holly’s candidacy for the Senate.
On Twitter, Republican State Representative Shamed Dogan wrote that he regretted voting for Hawley.
“His refusal to accept the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s election, even after today’s violence, is embarrassing,” Dogan said.
Not surprisingly, the strongest criticism on the social media platform came from Democratic MPs in Congress, including Corey Bush (Mo.), Joaquin Castro (Texas) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY). All three called on Hawley to resign.
The Kansas City Star editorial board, which once approved of Hawley as a “clear choice” at the 2018 Republican Senate Championship, took a more pragmatic view.
“If Missouri Senator Josh Hawley had a conscience, he would resign,” the headline said. “Instead, it will have to be removed.”
Bellware and Wang contributed to this report.