Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) Told a Missouri news agency that his critics were part of a "woke mob." This suggests he will take no responsibility for the role he played on January 6, the day he voted against being certified for President Joe Biden's election victory and groups of supporters of former President Donald Trump besieged the capitol. The attack, which resulted in five deaths, was sparked by President Trump's untruths regarding the elections, which Hawley often exposed despite the lack of credible evidence.
Hawley's comments even come when some of his own colleagues demand that he be censored and removed from office.
"I would say that is absolutely wrong and a lie," he told the news channel KVTO. Hawley dismissed criticism, saying it came "from the awakened left, the awakened crowd leading a Senate vote on electoral integrity".
Hawley also backed down any suggestion that those involved in the violence were also guilty of sedition.
These criticisms are "Not just crazy – it's a lie. It's just wrong and I'm not going to dwell on it for a second," said Hawley, although in the same breath he reprimanded the violence and said those involved "must be punished to the fullest extent of the law ".
Hawley's defiance shows that he has no intention of letting his actions affect his political future. Politico yesterday quoted Republican advisers who suspected Hawley was laying the groundwork for a presidential election.
"If the Democrats think you are so powerful and influential that they have to overshadow you, it will help raise funds, but you need substance, ” said consultant David Carney, who worked on Rick Perry's 2012 campaign.
"He's definitely one of the two dozen men in the mix for President. Why would anyone know a Missouri Senator, basically a freshman who's a novice? This is what you need to do to break the mess," Carney said, "It's a double-edged sword now because if you do too much crazy stuff you're not believable. So you don't have to do crazy things. You cannot become a caricature. You can't be the class clown. "
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.