Republican senator Josh Hawley is facing criticism after he said Wednesday he will formally object to the Electoral College results, challenging President-elect Joe Biden's victory. As CNN reports, the Missouri senator said he "cannot vote to certify the Electoral College results on Jan. 6" due to allegations that some states, specifically Pennsylvania, had "failed to follow their own state election laws."
President-elect Biden defeated Trump with 306 electoral votes to 232, but Hawley is joining Rep. Mo Brooks by planning to object the results when Congress is set to certify the 2020 election. The move will force Republican leaders across both sides of the Capitol to debate the results of at least Pennsylvania, and possibly more states, and vote on whether they will accept Biden's victory. This is a situation that Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has wanted to avoid, urging Republicans not to waste time in order to protect 2022 incumbents from making a decision they would later regret.
Hawley's decision to object to the Electoral College results won't impact the outcome of the election, with many GOP senators already accepting a Biden victory, but it will delay the certification. Every member of the House and Senate will need to affirm Biden's win on record. Trump has continued to challenge the election results in his last days in the White House, and has deemed any Republican not supporting him as "weak."
His move even prompted a since-deleted tweet from the official Walmart account, which tweeted, "Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate. #SoreLoser." Hawley responded to the tweet with his usual self-congratulatory snark, suggesting the person who posted it "insulted 75 million Americans." Walmart apologized for the tweet, but not before the MAGA crowd vowed to never shop there ever again.
The tweet published earlier was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team. We deleted the post and have no intention of commenting on the subject of certifying the electoral college. We apologize to Senator Hawley for this error and any confusion about our position.
— Walmart Inc. (@WalmartInc) December 30, 2020
Check out reactions to Hawley below.
Missouri voted out Senator Claire McCaskill in 2018 for a seditious trashy prick like Josh Hawley.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) December 30, 2020
New Years Eve is Josh Hawley’s Birthday, he turns 41, but that’s like 81 in traitor years.@HawleyMO
— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) December 30, 2020
The facts are clear: Pennsylvania had a free, fair, and secure election.
Fictional conspiracy theories like those spread by US Senator Josh Hawley violate the core values of our nation and we must reject them. pic.twitter.com/OS7wyOgOCQ
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 30, 2020
Shoving all the products I have purchased at Walmart in the toilet because they were mean to Josh Hawley on here
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) December 30, 2020
Josh Hawley doesn't want us to use the electoral college vote this year, so lets use the popular vote. Oh wait, that won't work for him either.😜
— Dan phillips🌊🌊🌊✌ (@Danphillipsresi) December 30, 2020
Perhaps @HawleyMO @SenHawleyPress isnt smart enough to get that the national rage he set off with his sedition wont abate for those in the real world who cherish democracy. If you can afford it, save $52 a month from now til 2024 to max out on contributions to his opponent. I am.
— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 30, 2020
Josh Hawley should resign.
— Annie Gabston-Howell- (@AnnieGabstonH) December 30, 2020
— Tara Coyt (@TaraCoyt) December 30, 2020
"A social media intern forgot to switch accounts before dunking on Josh Hawley, and in a proportional response I'll never shop at the only store left in my small town" is absolutely the hill to die on. https://t.co/oXtM9UYSbO
— Brock Wilbur (@brockwilbur) December 30, 2020
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