Senator Josh Hawley, the Missouri Republican who led Senate opponents of President Joe Biden’s January 6, 2021 election victory, said on Thursday, without a hint of irony, that “Democrats don’t accept elections if they don’t win.”
The senator was on Fox News to discuss the controversial comment at Biden’s Wednesday press conference about the 2022 midterm elections.
Asked if failing to secure congressional voting rights would render the 2022 interim results illegitimate, Biden said “it all depends on whether we can convince the American people that some of them are being rigged.” try to change the outcome of the election. He later added that “an increase in perspective [the election] illegitimacy is proportional to the impossibility of carrying out these reforms.”
The voting rights reforms are designed to make it easier for all Americans to vote and reverse the efforts of several states to restrict voting access amid former President Donald Trump’s continued lies that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki later clarified that Biden did not question the legitimacy of the 2022 election. She also appeared on Fox News to highlight this.
Hawley told Fox News’ Pete Hegseth, “I heard Joe Biden say loud and clear that he’s already making excuses about why he’s going to lose in November. That’s what it’s all about: Democrats don’t accept elections unless they win.”
Hawley then said that Biden called the results illegitimate in order to prevent the possible loss of the Democratic majority in the House and Senate.
“This is dangerous, this is wrong, this is ridiculous,” he said.
Hawley was the first senator to announce that he would object to the confirmation of the Electoral College vote count on January 6, 2021, and repeatedly promoted disinformation about election fraud after Trump lost to Biden in November 2020 by over 7 million votes.
On January 6, hours before a crowd of Trump supporters besieged the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election results, Hawley was on his way to the Capitol for formal meetings of the House and Senate to confirm the vote count for the election. fist to the protesters who had gathered outside the building.
In the months leading up to the election, Trump repeatedly questioned the integrity of the electoral system and said the vote would be rife with fraud.
Hawley’s hypocrisy stunned critics.