Sen. Hawley: This is My Chance to “Stand Up and Do Something”
Whatever else that may happen on January 6th, Sen. Josh Hawley and Rep. Mo Brooks deserve to go down in the history books as men of courage. As of New Year’s Eve, these are the two main Republicans who have had the nerve to stand up in the face of this rancid election and declare their intentions to do something about it. Fully aware that several states violated the Constitution in changing the election rules at the eleventh hour, these two lawmakers have announced their intentions to object to the electors from those states, forcing Congress into a debate over the certification of the 2020 election.
On Wednesday, Hawley was already taking heat from all corners – Democrats, the media, hell, even Walmart felt the need to throw its two cents in. But he didn’t back down for a minute, insisting on Fox News that Democrats have objected to election certifications in the past without a hint of outside (or internal) criticism.
“I don’t hear the Democrats making such outrageous claims when they were the ones who were objecting during the electoral college certification in 2004 and 2016. Democrats have done this for years to raise concerns about election integrity,” Hawley said. “Now when Republicans and 74 million Americans have concerns about election integrity, we are supposed to sit down and shut up? Somebody has to stand up here.”
Hawley said that he couldn’t simply ignore the multiplicity of problems from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and other states that felt they could usurp the power of their own state legislators in the run-up to Election Day.
“This is the one opportunity I have as a United States Senator,” he said. “Here my one opportunity to stand up and say something, and that is exactly what I’m going to do.”
In his official statement announcing his intention to object, the Missouri senator pointed to Pennsylvania specifically as a state that had violated the Constitution.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” Hawley said. “I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act.”
If Republicans go blindly into the certification process on January 6th, they will send a clear message to Democrats: Do whatever you want to secure electoral victory, because you won’t get any pushback from our side of the aisle. And if that message is sent, our republic is well on its way to being lost forever.