When Senator Josh Hawley raised his objection to the Electoral College certification, the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) erupted into a standing ovation, cheers and a chant of “USA.”
The Missouri Republican said he had filed an objection to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes to “have a debate on the integrity of the election.”
“What was the result of that? They called me a traitor,” he told the crowd, “they called me seditious, the radical left said I should resign” or be expelled, he said.
Donald Trump lost the Electoral College vote to President Biden 306-232.
“For the past six weeks, the radical left, their corporate allies, and the liberal media have tried to cancel me, censor me, oust me, shut me down, stop me from representing the people of Missouri, stop me from representing you and guess what? I’m not going anywhere and I’m not going to back down, “Hawley said.
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“I did what my fellow Democrats have done in every election that a Republican has won in the last 20 years,” arguing that Democrats had opposed the vote in 11 different states.
In 2017, when then-Vice President Biden was presiding over the Senate, he dismissed a half-dozen House Democratic objections to Trump’s victory.
“I thought it was an important position to take, and for that, the left persecuted me. They tried to silence me. They canceled a book,” said Hawley, a staunch ally of former President Trump.
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Hawley said he was working for “a new nationalism, a new agenda, to make the rule of the people in this country real.”
“We are not the past, we are the future,” he said of Trump-style populist Republicans like him.
Hawley, who along with Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, led the fight against the certification of Electoral College results until there was a Congressional investigation into voter fraud, criticized what many took as a role in the agitation of the Electoral College. pro-Trump rioters who then stormed the Capitol on January 6. He lost a book deal with Simon & Schuster, and Democrats launched an ethics complaint against him, with some demanding his resignation.
Hawley’s passionate response at CPAC was indicative of a conference closely aligned with Trump, which opposed some predictions that the former president’s star power in the Republican Party would wane in the days after President Biden took office. .
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Hawley, who has drawn nationwide attention by standing up to big tech and retaliating against “conservative censorship” by proposing bold bills to control his power, some believe he is aiming for a race in 2024, if Trump it is not thrown into the mix.
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