During the Fox News grilling on election challenge, Josh Hawley dodges question

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Prominent Republicans refuse to say whether he is interested in an effort to reverse the outcome on Wednesday when Congress meets

A popular Republican senator has declined to give a straight answer to a question as to whether he is engaged in an effort to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, won convincingly in November by Democrat Joe Biden. Asked whether he was seeking to “overturn the election” and hold Donald Trump in control, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley told Fox News, “That depends on what happens on Wednesday. “That’s the day Congress convenes to count the win of Joe Biden’s 306-232 electoral college, which has been certified by all 50 states. As Trump and his backers hope, formal objections raised by Hawley, around a dozen other senators and more than 100 Republicans in the House will not reverse the outcome — Democrats control the House, ensuring defeat there, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senior Republicans also oppose the objections in that chamber. Speaking on Monday night, Hawley initially ignored questions about whether he was seeking to reverse an election and thereby disenfranchise millions of Americans, maintaining that he objected in states like Pennsylvania to the handling of the presidential election. “Finally, moderator Bret Baier said, “I just want to pin you down on what you’re trying to do.”

“Are you trying to suggest that President Trump will be president as of Jan. 20 [Inauguration Day]?” “Yeah,” Hawley said, “that depends on what happens on Wednesday.

I mean, that’s why we have to discuss. “Baier replied, “No, it doesn’t. The states validate the election by the Constitution, they certify it through the Constitution.

‘Well,’ Hawley said, ‘Congress is directed to count the electoral votes under the 12th Amendment, there is a statute dating back to the 1800s, the 19th century, which specifies that there is a right to protest, there is a right to be heard, and there is also a right to certify. “It’s from 1876, Senator, and it’s the Tilden-Hayes race, where their electors were not certified by three states.”

So this structure, this commission that eventually reached a grand deal, had to be sorted out by Congress. In exchange for an end to Reconstruction after the Civil War, the deal left a Republican president, Rutherford Hayes, in control.

“In August, the Guardian was told by the historian Eric Foner, “Part of the bargain was giving up African American rights.

I’m not sure we want to revive this precedent,” Baeir continued, “but now all the states have certified their elections.

Ever after 14 December.

So, legally, it doesn’t open a door for Congress to revoke it, does it? “”My point,” Hawley said, “is that this is my only chance to make an appeal and be heard during this process.

More than 50 cases challenging the election results have been brought by Trump’s campaign, losing the overwhelming majority and being rejected by the Supreme Court. Read moreHawley dodged a subsequent query about whether his own White House aspirations are the main reason for his objection, as they seem to be for other senators seeking to satisfy the Trumpist base of the party. Also on Monday night, activists from the ShutDownDC community organized what they called a “hour-long vigil” at Hawl.

They said they chanted, lit candles and handed over a copy of the U.S., requesting that he drop his appeal. “Antifa scumbags”Antifa scumbags”threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who cannot travel. They were yelling threats, vandalizing, and trying to pound on our door.”threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who could not travel. They yelled threats, vandalized, and tried to pound on our door.

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