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Though most congressional Republicans who’d vowed to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election reneged on their promise after the U.S. Capitol was stormed, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley wasn’t among them.
Both he and Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry objected to Pennsylvania’s election results during Congress’s counting of electoral ballots, thus reportedly triggering two hours of debate in both legislative bodies.
During his time to speak, Hawley condemned the storming of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters but stressed that what happened doesn’t negate the validity of the election fraud/impropriety claims.
If anything, the Missouri senator argued, the crimes that were committed in the Capitol earlier that day made it abundantly clear why legal challenges to the 2020 presidential election deserve to be heard in full.
Sen. Josh Hawley: “We do need an investigation into irregularities, fraud. We do need a way forward together. We need election security reforms.” pic.twitter.com/oCazO1dLMf
— The Hill (@thehill) January 7, 2021
“In this country, in the United States of America, we cannot say emphatically enough, violence is not how you achieve change. Violence is not how you achieve something better. Our Constitution was built and put into place so that there would be, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, no appeal from ballots to bullets, which is what we saw, unfortunately, attempted tonight,” he said.
But, he added, this is why “what we are doing here tonight is actually very important, because for those who have concerns about the integrity of our elections, those who have concerns about what happened in November, this is the appropriate means.”
“This is the lawful place where those objections and concerns should be heard, this is the forum that the law provides for our laws, provides for those concerns to be registered. Not through violence, not by appealing from ballots to bullets, but here in this lawful process.”
Indeed, though to hear congressional Democrats and their media allies tell it, legal challenges by the likes of Hawley and Perry — as well as Sens. Ted Cruz, Cindy Hyde-Smith, John Neely Kennedy, Roger Marshall, and Tommy Tuberville — are tantamount to storming the U.S. Capitol and attacking the police.
Case in point:
It is your self-serving attempt at sedition that has helped to inspire these terrorists and their attempted coup. https://t.co/AGj44pipsd
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 6, 2021
Not once have any of the congressional Republicans — nor the president, for that matter — promoted violence, but it doesn’t matter to the left.
“I actually think … the opportunity to be heard, to register objections is very vital because this is the place where those objections are to be heard and dealt with, debated and finally resolved. In this lawful means, peacefully, without violence, without attacks, without bullets,” Hawley added.
He then turned to his specific complaints about Pennsylvania.
“You have a state constitution that has been interpreted for over a century to say that there is no mail-in balloting permitted except for in very narrow circumstances that’s also provided for in the law. And yet last year, Pennsylvania elected officials passed a whole new law that allows universal mail-in balloting and did it [regardless] of what the Pennsylvania Constitution said,” the senator noted.
“And then when a Pennsylvania citizen tried to go and be heard on this subject before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, they were dismissed on grounds of procedure, timeliness, and in violation of that Supreme Court’s own precedent. So the merits of the case have never been heard, the constitutionality of the statute has never been defended. I am not aware of any court that has passed on its constitutionality. I actually am not aware of anybody that has defended the constitutionality.”
Everything he said was accurate. Despite the arguments about the law’s lack of constitutionality being valid, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did indeed dismiss the claim prematurely on the grounds that the suit had been filed too late.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court kills GOP lawsuit, rules it’s too late to challenge mail-in vote law https://t.co/d4jMAbttR7 via @BIZPACReview >><> What a corrupt bunch of so called judges. They are nothing but political activists dressed up in robes.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) November 29, 2020
Hawley concluded his remarks by arguing that the only fair, legal solution to resolve this matter is to allow for “an investigation into irregularities, fraud,” and to also begin pursuing “election security reforms” to prevent these problems from happening again.
“We need to find a way to move forward on that together so that the American people from both parties, all walks of life, can have confidence in their elections and that we can arrange ourselves under the rule of law that we share together,” he said.
For this benign speech, he’s since been labeled a traitor:
They walked the Confederate Flag through the Capital.
Put them all in jail. If you don’t, in two days they will be right back at it.
— Nate McMurray (@Nate_McMurray) January 7, 2021
Congress is back in session for Joint Session. I’m on the House Floor and what do you know—none of the Senate GOP seditionists are here. These men are not only traitors to our country, they are cowards who can’t bring themselves to watch democracy win.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 7, 2021
— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) January 7, 2021
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