Sen. Josh Hawley joined The The Story exclusively on Wednesday to speak out after cracking down on Democrats over his declared plan to object to presidential elections of several states when Congress ratifies the election next week.
Under current legislation, at least one U.S. senator and one member of the U.S. House are required to force a state election debate. Hawley, R-Mo., Became the first U.S. senator to announce his intention on Wednesday, joining Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Joined as a Peer in the House.
Host Will Cain noted that the Missouri legislature almost immediately suffered a setback from its Democratic counterparts, while Christopher Murphy, Senator Christopher Murphy, claimed that he was trying to “turn America into a state similar to Russia or China.” , while Senator Chris Van Hollen, Maryland, called him “extremely irresponsible.”
Hawley “undermines even more public confidence in our democratic process and joins the fake Trump story,” Van Hollen said in a CNN interview earlier in the day.
“In the first place, I do not hear the Democrats making such outrageous allegations when they were the ones who objected during the Electoral College certification in 2004 and 2016. Democrats have been doing this for years to raise concerns about the integrity of the election, “Hawley said. on Fox News. “Now, if Republicans and 74 million Americans are concerned about electoral integrity, are we supposed to sit down and keep quiet? Someone needs to get up here.”
The legislature pointed out that Van Hollen did not object to the sen at the time. Barbara Boxer, D-California, formally objected to elections in Ohio during the 2005 certification in the re-election of President George W. Bush and therefore the defeat of the then Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass.
Boxer was formally joined in her objection by the late Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, a Cleveland Democrat.
“I think Van Hollen personally praised the Democrats in the House and the Senate in 2005 – January 2005, who objected during the certification process because it was their right to do so,” Hawley said. “Every senator and member of the House has the right to object if they wish. This is a ruling on their part.”
Hawley added that although Missouri – whose voters will vote for President Trump – is not one of the various states objected to, he still hears from his constituents that they are being denied by alleged inconsistencies in other states such as Pennsylvania and Georgia. .
“This is the one opportunity I have as a US senator …”, he said. “[H]I have one opportunity to stand up and say something, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. ‘
Hawley singled out Keystone State and accused officials of ‘not following[ing] their own laws in the electoral process. ‘
In 2019, the Republican majority legislature passed Act 77, which was signed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Among other things, the new law provided for absenteeism without apology – but several state republics claimed that the Supreme Court of the Democratic majority passed legislation from the bank when they issued 2020 orders giving voters until Friday after election day to to submit ballot papers. by mail and essentially denial requirements for signature verification.
“We’ve had unprecedented interference with the biggest powerful companies, all in favor of Joe Biden, censorship like we’ve never seen before,” Hawley said, referring to Big Tech like Facebook and Twitter.
“We have no congressional inquiry into the fraud,” Hawley said. “We need it. We did not act in Congress. We need it to protect our election going forward. I will make all these points and try to force a debate on all these points.”
In response to Hawley’s announcement, Biden spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki called the plan “maneuvers” and said it would have no bearing on whether Biden would be inaugurated on January 20.
Associated Press contributed to this report.