Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley is announcing his plan to object during the upcoming Electoral College certification process slated for Jan. 6. The shocking announcement will surely be music to President Trump’s ears as he has continued to push for the overturn of the presidential election.
Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf pic.twitter.com/kTaaPPJGHE
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020
In a report from Mediaite:
According to a statement released to the press on Wednesday, December 30th, Hawley intends to object to the results as a means to “highlight the failure of some states, including notably Pennsylvania, to follow their own election laws as well as the unprecedented interference of Big Tech monopolies in the election.” Hawley also plans to call for Congress to launch a full investigation of potential fraud and election irregularities and enact election integrity measures.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow theft own state election laws,” Hawley states. “And 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.”
“For these reasons, I will follow the same practice Democrat members of Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on January 6 to raise these critical issues.”
Hawley’s brash statement will surely endear him to President Trump and his followers, but it flouts the very clear direction given to GOP Senators from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Hawley’s announcement surely puts him in play for a future Senate leadership role, and perhaps lines him up as well for a 2024 Presidential strategy as well.
Hawley is not the only Republican pushing for a last-minute objection during the Jan. 6 meeting. A recent lawsuit filed by Rep. Louie Gohmert and Arizona Republicans against Vice President Pence in an attempt to overturn the election. [READ: The GOP Sues Vice President]