“Somebody has to stand up here,” Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) said in response to his decision to join Republican lawmakers who plan to challenge the electoral results on January 6.
Sen. Hawley became the first senator to publicly declare and commit to objecting the certification of the presidential election results when a joint session of Congress meets on January 6 to validate Joe Biden’s 306-232 alleged Electoral College victory over President Donald Trump.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” Senator Hawley wrote in a statement on Wednesday.
He further pointed out that “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. 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.”
As for those who are criticizing Republicans’ plan to challenge the results, Sen. Hawley told Fox News, “Democrats have done this for years in order to raise concerns about election integrity. Now when Republicans — 74 million Americans have concerns about election integrity — we’re supposed to just sit down and shut up?”
“I mean somebody has to stand up here. You’ve got 74 million Americans who feel disenfranchised — who feel like their vote doesn’t matter. And this is the one opportunity that I have as a United States Senator — this process right here — the one opportunity to stand up and say something. And that’s exactly what I am going to do,” he declared. Video Below
Somebody has to stand up. 74 million Americans are not going to be told their voices don’t matter pic.twitter.com/DMa7sRyoAh
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 31, 2020
Here is the full video of Sen. Hawley’s Wednesday interview on Fox News: