Josh Hawley rebuked by fellow Republicans and home-state newspapers — and even his political mentor


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Via:  flynavy1  •  one week ago  •  28 comments

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Josh Hawley rebuked by fellow Republicans and home-state newspapers — and even his political mentor
As he walked toward the Capitol on Wednesday, Hawley cheered on pro-Trump protesters outside the building with thumbs-up and fist-pump gestures.

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Josh Hawley rebuked by fellow Republicans and home-state newspapers — and even his political mentor© Win McNamee/Getty Images ASSOCIATED PRESS

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A Republican colleague rebuked him on the Senate floor. A home-state newspaper editorial board declared he has "blood on his hands." But for Josh Hawley, the Missouri senator who staged an Electoral College challenge that became the focus of a violent siege of the Capitol, the words of his political mentor were the most personal.

"Supporting Josh Hawley … was the worst decision I've ever made in my life," former Missouri Sen. John Danforth told the Associated Press on Thursday. "He has consciously appealed to the worst. He has attempted to drive us apart and he has undermined public belief in our democracy. And that's great damage."

Aside from President Donald Trump, who had riled up supporters with a lengthy speech at the Ellipse just before they stormed the Capitol — Trump had said he would be there with them — no politician has been more publicly blamed for Wednesday's unprecedented assault on American democracy than Hawley. The 41-year-old first-term senator, a second-tier player through much of the Trump era, has rapidly emerged as a strident Trump ally, and may be among the most tarnished by the events of Jan. 6 for years to come.

"There will be political fallout for his actions," said Alice Stewart, a Republican strategist and former adviser to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's 2016 presidential campaign. "The initial decision to oppose the will of the people was downright wrong. The post-insurrection calculation to continue the charade is fallacious and dangerous."

Hawley, who defeated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in 2018, was once celebrated by the Republican establishment as a rising star. Born in Arkansas and raised in the Kansas City area, the Stanford- and Yale-educated lawyer was young, ambitious and savvy. It surprised some when he was first to announce he would endorse false claims of fraud and take up Trump's cause, forcing House and Senate votes that would inevitably fail and in no way alter the election's outcome.

Support of the challenge to the electoral vote count was seen as keeping in good stead with Trump's supporters, who have come to dominate the Republican base.

The move instantly raised his national profile. Soon Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, leading about 10 other senators, joined Hawley in the effort — notably not winning over Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska or Tom Cotton of Arkansas, two other young Republicans viewed as harboring presidential ambitions.

See: Sasse says Trump and fellow Senate Republican Hawley are engaging in 'dangerous ploy' in seeking to obstruct certification of Biden win

Plus:Tom Cotton surprises political observers by opposing Hawley and Cruz efforts in Senate to reject Electoral College results

As he walked into the Capitol on Wednesday, Hawley cheered on pro-Trump protesters gathering outside the building with a thumbs up and fist pump.

But Hawley's scheme fell apart almost before it got going. As the Senate began debate after Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar objected to Arizona's electoral result, pro-Trump mobs barreled into the Capitol and interrupted proceedings. By the time the Senate reconvened, after one woman was shot and killed by police and parts of the Capitol ransacked, support in the Senate for challenging the results had all but evaporated.

Dozens of courts, state elections officials and even Trump's former attorney general have said there was no evidence of widespread election fraud. Still, Hawley asked his Senate colleagues "to address the concerns of so many millions of Americans" by investigating the 2020 vote.

See:William Barr says Trump betrayed his office with his conduct Wednesday

Hawley faced instant rebuke from his own party. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah blasted those who objected to finalizing President-elect Joe Biden's election.

Accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, and with Hawley seated nearby, Romney said "those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy."

"That will be their legacy," he added.

In the deeply divided GOP, that may not be the prevailing view. In Missouri, a state Trump won by almost 16 percentage points, some argued Hawley was blameless.

"For people to blame Sen. Hawley for the people that came up to the Capitol to break the windows — and came wearing helmets and trying to break in — that's absurd," said Republican state Rep. Justin Hill, who skipped his own inaugural ceremony Wednesday to attend Trump's rally in Washington.

Hill, who was the lead sponsor of a Missouri House resolution last month asking Congress to reject some states' Electoral College votes, said Hawley was "defending the Constitution."

Yet GOP state Sen. Shamed Dogan of Ballwin in suburban St. Louis, like Danforth, said late Wednesday he regretted supporting Hawley.

"I have never regretted a vote as much and as quickly as my vote for @HawleyMO in 2018," he tweeted. "His refusal to accept the legitimacy of Joe Biden's election, even after today's violence, is an embarrassment."

The pile-on continued. The student bar association at the University of Missouri law school, where Hawley taught, issued a statement calling for his resignation from the Senate.

The Kansas City Star listed Hawley as second only to Trump as responsible for the attack on the Capitol, and noted Hawley had issued a political fundraising solicitation as the siege was underway.

"But this is not about me! It is about the people I serve, and it is about ensuring confidence in our elections," said the email sent just as thousands were marching up Pennsylvania Avenue from a rally outside the White House headlined by Trump. "That's why I am standing up on behalf of the people I serve to relay their concerns to Washington. For conviction. For principle. For our country. For YOUR VOTE."

The Star editorialized that Hawley, if he had a conscience, would resign. The editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the state's other main newspaper, also called for Hawley's resignation from the Senate.

Simon & Schuster, a ViacomCBS division, canceled publication of Hawley's upcoming book, "The Tyranny of Big Tech."

The publisher said it values diverse viewpoints. "At the same time, we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom," it said in a statement.

Hawley responded by calling the decision a "direct assault on the First Amendment," a comment for which he was roundly criticized in that the amendment protects from government infringement the freedoms speech, religion, press and assembly, along with the right to petition authorities for redress, and does not require a company to publish material that it chooses not to.

"I will fight this cancel culture with everything I have," Hawley tweeted. "We'll see you in court."

See:Simon & Schuster cancels upcoming book by Sen. Josh Hawley after Capitol siege

Danforth, who served for three terms, said he remembers how impressed he was when he first met Hawley at a dinner party when Hawley was just a law student. The young man reminded him of his friend, Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Danforth said.

"I felt he could add real intellectual heft and make a great, great contribution to the Senate," he said.

Now Danforth wonders how Hawley will be able to work with his Senate colleagues, even Republicans, moving forward.

"How is he going to operate in the Senate with Republicans? When [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell pleads don't do this and he does it, and then this is the consequence," he said. "How is he going to get along with his colleagues? How is he going to do anything? What's his political future?"

MarketWatch contributed.

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1  seeder  FLYNAVY1    one week ago

Hmmmmmmm...... pass the popcorn please.

I left an email on his Senate site this morning suggesting he resign before he got anyone else killed.....

Paula Bartholomew
1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1    one week ago


Trout Giggles
1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1    one week ago

Why was I just thinking of heads on pikes?

2  Kavika     one week ago

He also lost his book deal with Simon and Shuster. 

His wife seems to persona non grata as well.

Erin Hawley’s Association with Elite Law Firm Kirkland & Ellis Scrubbed from Internet in Wake of Capitol Coup

2.1  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Kavika @2    one week ago

The hits just seem to keep coming........  Need to find out if Missouri has a recall in their state constitution.

Mark in Wyoming
2.1.1  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.1    one week ago

Fly i think most states do have a recall provision in their constitutions , the issue is the needed percentage of registered voters needed to initiate the action, usually those percentages are set really high by petition.

 then there is a time constraint of how long it will take for the process to be worked through so dependent on the office held it might not be worth it since the individual would be up for re election and removed that way. and thats not even considering the legal challenges in court that would  occur further stretching out the time line.

Trout Giggles
2.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @2    one week ago

oh that's harsh

Mark in Wyoming
3  Mark in Wyoming     one week ago

i have read there is a call to censure him , now i need popcorn.

Thrawn 31
4  Thrawn 31    one week ago

Here is a very spot on description of him the other day that I came across

Hawley was happy to represent the will of the conspiratorially minded, and even express solidarity on the morning of their DIY coup, but for some strange reason, he didn’t want to stick around for the show. He did not seem to relish “Bring Your Mass Delusions To Work” Day. Why was he whisked away to safety with the other legislators, along with all the boxes of votes he thinks are fake? Didn’t he want to hang around and chat strategy with the people whose interests he claims to represent, and whose paranoias he stokes with his every professional decision? Are you telling me that this Stanford- and Yale-groomed Supreme Court clerk doesn’t actually want to spend time with the guy storming his workplace in facepaint and an animal pelt? Has cause ever been so terrified of effect?

That is Josh Hawely in a nut shell, all talk and absolutely no backbone, a complete fraud to the core.

5  Kavika     one week ago

And more hits.

MU law students call for Hawley's resignation

5.1  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Kavika @5    one week ago

Keep this up, and this kid isn't going to find a rock he can hide under...... excuse me.... slither under!

6  evilgenius    one week ago

How many of these Trump supporting Representatives & Senators will lose committee seats? Get primaried by their own party? I'm guessing not too many of them. We'll see.

6.1  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  evilgenius @6    one week ago

They will all close ranks come noon 20JAN21 to continue to put party over country.

6.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @6.1    one week ago

The next 2 years will either get more crazy or fade back into boring. I'm hoping boring wins out, but realistically I don't think it will. There hasn't been enough blood to appease the old gods, yet.

Trout Giggles
6.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  evilgenius @6.1.1    one week ago

I really could use some boring for awhile

6.1.3  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @6.1.1    one week ago

Sadly, I think your right EG.

6.1.4  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @6.1.2    one week ago

with the rwnj run for the '24 white house just beginning and all the collateral damage from the failed campaign in '20 just now splitting the right wing apart? good luck with that.

Trout Giggles
6.1.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @6.1.4    one week ago

well hell

6.1.6  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Trout Giggles @6.1.5    one week ago

My best recommendation Trout.... Drink liberally!  Drink like a fish!

Trout Giggles
6.1.7  Trout Giggles  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @6.1.6    one week ago

I will run with that recommendation....straight to the nearest liquor store

6.1.8  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @6.1.7    one week ago

Bong hits anyone?

6.1.9  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @6.1.8    one week ago

way ahead of you ...

7  Gsquared    one week ago

Hawley's political future? 

Dead man walking.

7.1  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Gsquared @7    one week ago

What was the movie with Christopher Walken... The Dead Zone...?

Where protagonist running for president committed suicide after hiding behind a child for protection from a sniper....

7.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @7.1    one week ago

Wasn't that actually Martin Sheen's character, the one who was running for president, who hid behind the child?  I need to look that up.  I see tRump doing the same thing - hiding behind a child, hiding behind ANYONE to save his big fat ass.  A lot of people find a comparison to that movie and tRump and the nuclear codes.

Here's tRump when there's danger afoot

7.1.2  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Tessylo @7.1.1    one week ago

That's the one......  Candidate Stilton.

7.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @7.1.2    one week ago

You were right

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8  Bob Nelson    one week ago



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