Missouri Senator’s House Newspaper: Hawley has ‘blood on his palms’

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – US Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican who is at the forefront of efforts to block Congress from certifying the electoral college, is largely responsible for making it “one of the most heartbreaking days in modern American History inspired “. The editorial staff of the state newspaper wrote.

The devastating editorial was posted on the Kansas City Star’s homepage on Wednesday under the heading “Assault on Democracy: Senator Josh Hawley Has Blood on His Hands in the Capitol attempted coup”.

The editorial goes on to say, “No one but President Donald Trump himself is responsible” for the violence that erupted when a “mob” of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol demanding that his November re-election defeat be lifted. Four people died during the pandemic, including a woman who was shot.

The siege came as Congress debated objections by a group of Republican senators and members of the House of Representatives to an official list of votes that would vote Democrat Joe Biden the winner of the November presidential contest.

The attempt to reverse the election result had practically no chance of success, as it was clear from the start that the objections would be overwhelmingly rejected, including by many in Trump’s own party.

The spectacle came after Trump and his allies in Congress spent weeks fueling false claims that the election was stolen by widespread election fraud, and culminated in his call for supporters to march on the Capitol on Wednesday to express his grievances.

“This revolt is the result, and if you didn’t know we came here from the start, it is because you didn’t want to know,” said the editorial, addressing Hawley directly.

Hawley, 41, who was elected to the Senate in 2018, became the first member of his chamber to announce that he would join efforts by the House Conservatives to challenge the normally ceremonial process of confirming votes.

“This action, motivated by ambition, sparked much of what followed” when Trump’s allies rushed “to show loyalty to the president above all else,” the editorial said.

“Hawley’s actions over the past week have had such an impact that he deserves an impressive share of the blame for the blood shed,” wrote the Star Board.

Hawley went to the Senate Wednesday night condemning the violence of the day but insisted that registering objections in Congress to the result of the presidential race was the “appropriate means” to allay many voters’ concerns about the integrity of the elections.

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