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07 January 2021 10:33

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Missouri senator's home-state paper: Hawley has 'blood on his hands'

Sen. Josh Hawley is being branded a traitor for his clinched-fist salute to President Donald Trump's supporters before they stormed the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday afternoon. Hawley was the first U.S. senator who said he would join a group of House Republicans to object to Electoral College results in key swing states - a process that had commenced when rioters broke into and ransacked the Capitol for several hours. Hawley, Sen. Ted Cruz and the other dozen U.S. senators who had planned to object - which would delay the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win for hours - have still not said whether they planned to give it up on the heels of the Capitol attack. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, told Capitol Hill reporters that he didn't believe there would be additional objections to Biden's Electoral College count. Hawley, who is from Missouri, previously committed to object to Pennsylvania's vote count, over protests from the state's own GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.

Sen. Josh Hawley has been branded a traitor for his clinched-fist salute to President Donald Trump's supporters before they clashed with police and stormed the U.S. Capitol Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said that the image of Sen. Josh Hawley raising his fist in support would become a 'symbol of sedition' Hawley was the first senator to announce he would sign on to a House GOP challenge of certain states' Electoral College vote counts New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted the image of Hawley and called on the Missouri Republican to 'resign immediately' Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier set up around the U.S. Capitol Building to protect lawmakers as they certify the Electoral College results Trump supporters gathered outside the Capitol and were given a show of support from Hawley before breaking into the building in a chaotic display for several hours Wednesday That paper's editorial board lashed out at Hawley, headlining the piece, 'Sen. Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt.' 'Hawley's actions in the last week had such impact that he deserves an impressive share of the blame for the blood that's been shed,' the op-ed argued. On Twitter, the picture of Hawley, outside the Capitol Building with a raised left fist quickly circulated. 'The picture (among many) we will all remember from what we've witnessed today @HawleyMO - you are @realDonaldTrump's symbol of this sedition,' tweeted former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who's a Trump critic. 'Senator Josh Hawley is the epitome of a privileged American upbringing and education, and look how he has paid it back to our society,' historian Michael Beschloss tweeted. For weeks, President Donald Trump has misled his supporters into believing that his election loss could be overturned by Congress.

Lawmakers are able to object, debate and then vote on states' tallies - but the votes for that effort to be successful simply weren't there, nor does Congress truly have the power to overrule the Electoral College count, most scholars believe. For this reason, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell begged members of his caucus not to join House GOP efforts to object to the results - as a House member and a senator are both needed to move the process forward. 'We're debating a step that has neve been taken in American history, whether Congress should overrule the voters and overtrun a presidential election,' McConnell said. The Kentucky Republican discouraged the objections because there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud, as Trump has falsely claimed. Lawmakers appeared ready to restart the Electoral College certification once Trump supporters were removed by police from the U.S. Capitol.

(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican at the forefront of a bid to block congressional certification of the Electoral College vote, is largely to blame for "inspiring one of the most heartbreaking days in modern American history," his home-state newspaper's editorial board wrote. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) talks with a house member on the floor of the house during a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 election results on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. The scathing editorial was published on Wednesday on the home page of the Kansas City Star under the headline: "Assault on democracy: Sen. Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt." The editorial went on to say: "No one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible" for the violence that ensued when a "mob" of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building demanding his re-election defeat in November be overturned. The siege occurred as Congress debated objections raised by a group of Republican senators and members of the House of Representatives to an official tally of electoral votes that decided Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of November's presidential race. The attempt to overturn the election outcome faced virtually no chance of success, as it was clear from the outset that the objections would be overwhelmingly rejected, including by many in Trump's own party.

The spectacle unfolded after Trump and his allies in Congress spent weeks stoking false claims that the election was stolen through widespread voter fraud, culminating with his call for supporters to march on the Capitol on Wednesday to press his grievances. "This revolt is the result, and if you didn't know this is where we've been headed from the start, it's because you didn't want to know," the editorial said, addressing Hawley directly. Hawley, 41, elected to the Senate in 2018, was the first member of his chamber to announce he would join an effort launched by House conservatives to challenge the normally ceremonial process of certifying the electoral vote tally. "That action, motivated by ambition, set off much that followed" as Trump's allies rushed "to put a show of loyalty to the president above all else," the editorial said. "Hawley's actions in the last week had such impact that he deserves an impressive share of the blame for the blood that's been shed," the Star's board wrote. Taking to the Senate floor on Wednesday night, Hawley condemned the day's violence but insisted that registering objections in Congress to the outcome of the presidential race was the "appropriate means" for addressing concerns of many voters about the integrity of the election. To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. In a damning editorial, The Kansas City Star blasted Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, one of GOP lawmakers who planned to object to Wednesday's congressional certification of Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. The Star's editorial board wrote, "No one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible for Wednesday's coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol." The editorial went on to say, "Hawley's actions in the last week had such impact that he deserves an impressive share of the blame for any blood that's shed." Hawley was the first to say he was going to object to the electoral college certification. Missouri senator Josh Hawley claimed on Twitter that "Antifa scumbags" vandalized his DC area home, threatened his wife and baby, and attempted to pound open the door. This is false; local police said demonstrators did gather in front of the Republican's residence to protest his refusal to accept the 2020 presidential election results, but footage of the event shows they only chanted slogans and left a constitution on the doorstep and chalk drawings on the sidewalk. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door," Hawley tweeted on the evening of January 4. Some websites amplified the senator's claims, including Gateway Pundit with the headline "VIOLENT LEFTIST MOB Swarms and Attacks Senator Hawley's DC Home," and RF Angle with an article titled "Antifa Attacks GOP Sen. Josh Hawley's Wife and Infant At Home." A group of about a dozen activists from the left-wing coalition group ShutDownDC gathered for a "Vigil for democracy" in front of the senator's home in the Virginia town of Vienna, a suburb of Washington, DC, "around 7:20 pm" local time on January 4. Hawley's wife briefly came outside holding her baby, exchanged a few words with the protesters and went back inside. Vigil attendees drew slogans with chalk on the sidewalk outside Hawley's home, and left a copy of the Constitution in front of the door. Vazquez said that the officers told the protesters they were violating town code and Virginia law about noise as well as picketing in front of someone's home. Hawley has been one of President Donald Trump's most loyal supporters in his refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election, which Democrat Joe Biden won. He was the first senator to say that he would object to the certification of the Electoral College votes on January 6. At least 12 Republican senators and 100 Republican members of the House of Representatives joined opposition to the usually procedural count. Not long after, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. Also Read: Did Joe Biden's Assistant Spy On Donald Trump? ShutDownDC, which includes local anti-racist and environmentalist groups, embraced Hawley's characterization of the vigil attendees as "Antifa," short for anti-fascist, a mostly unstructured ideology opposed to fascism online and in public spaces.