Senator Josh Hawley’s argument that Democrats are calling him an “insurrectionist” because of his objection to the election is a complete misdirection. He would only be an insurrectionist if he helped “organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot”, and only time will tell if Josh Hawley or others in Congress are guilty of any of these things.
Hawley points out Democrats have objected before and no one accused them of anything, while that’s not exactly true, on one thing Josh Hawley is right.
“The difference between those past instances and this year, however, is striking.”
Yes, the difference is striking. Democrats have never fanned the flames of insurrection to support past electorial objections. Democratic electorates did not stop the business of the United States Congress, did not storm the Capitol, did not attempt to hang the Vice President, kidnap congressmen, or kill Police Officers while doing so.
“But democratic debate is not mob violence. It is in fact how we avoid that violence.”
Josh Hawley would have you believe that the horrible acts at the Capitol developed out of a vacuum, that he had nothing to do with them. The only thing he did was “object” to election procedures through Democratic debate. Yes, because he is an elected Senator he can do that, but it’s also true the insurrectionists were driven by a belief based on lies, on claims that the election was stolen, even as court rulings have consistently shown that not to be the case. The real question is how these rioters, murderers, and insurrectionists came to believe these lies.
Elected Congressmen and Senators have been given an awesome responsibility and power by the people of the United States. They should use it responsibly. While not criminal, Hawley and others like him have been utterly irresponsible in repeating lie after lie in a feedback loop to rile their electorates to the point they organized, planned, and mounted an attack on the United States Capitol to over turn an election. It is still to be determined if any of the elected officials who created this feedback loop committed crimes. Until the facts are known a legitimate and fair argument can be made that Hawley and others like him are at least ethically bankrupt.
What’s really atrocious is Hawley’s ludicrous claim that he refused to bow to the demands of the rioters.
“Some wondered why I stuck with my objection following the violence at the Capitol. The reason is simple: I will not bow to a lawless mob, or allow criminals to drown out the legitimate concerns of my constituents.”
Hawley’s no hero, he didn’t refuse to bow to anything, the rioters and murderers were there to support him. He simply ran and hid when they entered the building. His claim after the fact, that their acts are illegal, is too little, too late.