Hawley defends objection to Electoral College results: ‘I will not bow to a lawless mob’

Hawley defends objection to Electoral College results: ‘I will not bow to a lawless mob’

Sen.
Josh
Hawley,
R-Mo.,
is
adamantly
rejecting
the
idea
that
he
abused
his
authority
or
supported
an
insurrection
by
objecting
to
the
certification
of

Electoral
College
votes
last
week.

“This
time
around,
anyone
who
objected
has
been
called
an
‘insurrectionist,'”
Hawley
wrote
in
a
Wednesday
column
for

Southeast
Missourian. 

“Sadly,
much
of
the
media
and
many
members
of
the
Washington
establishment
want
to
deceive
Americans
into
thinking
those
who
raised
concerns
incited
violence,
simply
by
voicing
the
concern.
That’s
false.
And
the
allegation
itself
is
corrosive
and
dangerous.”

He
added
that
“democratic
debate is
not
mob
violence.
It
is
in
fact
how
we
avoid
that
violence.”

Both
Hawley
and

Sen.
Ted
Cruz,
R-Texas,
caused
a
stir
after
they
announced
their
intention
to
object
the
certification
prior
to
last
week’s
events.
And
when
Congress
reconvened
after
the
attacks,
they
both
maintained
their
objections.


AS
CALLS
FOR
JOSH
HAWLEY
TO
RESIGN
GROW,
MISSOURI
GOVERNOR
STAYS
SILENT

“Some
wondered
why
I
stuck
with
my
objection
following
the
violence
at
the
Capitol,”
Hawley
wrote. “The
reason
is
simple:
I
will
not
bow
to
a
lawless
mob,
or
allow
criminals
to
drown
out
the
legitimate
concerns
of
my
constituents.”

Hawley
noted
that
his
constituents
had
contacted
him
about
concerns
over
election
integrity. 

His
comments
came
on
the
same
day
that
House
Democrats
and
10
Republicans
voted
to
impeach
President
Trump
for
purportedly
inciting
last
week’s
attack
on
the
U.S.
Capitol.
Prior
to
that
vote,
some
on
both
the
left
and
right
targeted
Hawley
and
his
Texas
colleague,
argung
they
should
be
held
accountable
for
objecting
to
the
certification.

“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,”
Sen.
Mitt
Romney,
R-Utah,

said
amid
the
chaos.

Some
House
Democrats
also
expressed
support
for
a
resolution
urging
Congress
to
hold
lawmakers
like
Hawley
accountable.
But
according
to
the
Missouri
senator,
he
and
others
were
encountering
a
double
standard.

CRUZ
DEFENDS
ROLE
IN
ELECTORAL
VOTE
OBJECTIONS:
HAD
‘NOTHING
TO
DO’
WITH
CAPITOL
RIOTS

“Democrats
objected
after
the
elections
of
2000,
2004,
and
2016–in
other
words,
every
time
a
Republican
has
won
the
White
House
in
the
last
thirty
years,”
Hawley
wrote.

“And
they
were
within
their
rights
to
do
so.
The
Joint
Session
is
the
forum
where
concerns
about
an
election
can
be
raised,
debated,
and
ultimately
resolved
with
a
vote.”

Hawley
specifically
objected
to
Pennsylvania’s
certification
over
its
decision
to
expand
mail-in
voting,
something
he
said
violated
the
state’s
constitution.

A
longtime
critic
of
tech
giants,
Hawley
also
accused
them
of
interfering
with
the
country’s
democratic
process.


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“I
also
objected
to
point
out
the
unprecedented
interference
of
the
Big
Tech
corporations
in
this
election
in
favor
of
the
Biden
campaign,
not
just
in
Pennsylvania
but
everywhere,”
he
said.

“Their
interference
in
our
democratic
process
has
only
accelerated
in
recent
days.”

Sam
Dorman
is
a
reporter
with
Fox
News.
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