Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO.) asks questions during a Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process, in Washington, U.S., December 16, 2020. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced Wednesday that he will challenge the certification of some states’ Electoral College results, making him the first Senator to take this stance. Hawley criticized Facebook and Twitter for their handling of content during the election cycle, which he argued helped President-elect Joe Biden win the election. “At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections,” Hawley said in a statement.

Several prominent Democrats have spoken out against Hawley’s decision, including Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who stated, “Josh Hawley and anyone who supports his effort are engaged in the attempted overthrow of democracy. There is no evidence that there was any fraud.” 

Hawley has yet to provide evidence of election fraud, and senior Republican officials including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have acknowledged Biden’s win and urged Republicans to avoid challenging the election results to avoid a de-facto referendum on Trump. “I do not think that he will prevail in his quest. And I question why he is doing it when the courts have unanimously thrown out the suits that the president’s team have filed for lack of credible evidence,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Hawley First Senator To Announce He’ll Object To Certification Of Electoral College Vote On Jan. 6 – The Daily Wire – 12/30/2020
“Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity. They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did,” the statement started. “And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”

Josh Hawley reminds us that the GOP is the sedition party – Washington Post – 12/31/2020
Like the 126 Republican House members who signed on to a lawsuit to throw out votes of states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden, Hawley has joined the authoritarian right-wingers who openly seek to overthrow the results of an election he does not like. He is a reminder to voters in Georgia of why allowing Hawley’s party to retain its Senate majority puts our democracy (not to mention our financial security and health) at risk.

Democrats who praised 2004 objections to Electoral College certification now slam Hawley – Fox News – 12/31/2020
Van Hollen also made clear in 2005 that he accepted the result of the presidential election that Bush won, saying, “It would have been irresponsible to use the certification process to attempt to change that result. Doing so would establish a terrible precedent.” Nevertheless, Van Hollen slammed Hawley on Wednesday. 

Why Josh Hawley’s move could endanger Senate Republicans – CNN – 12/31/2020
The vote next week isn’t about one day, it’s about the impact it will have on members for years to come. Trump keeps score and he’s not going to go quietly into the background. Trump’s baked into the Republican brand now and any senator who crosses him next week is keenly aware that there could eventually be a price to pay for that.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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