Missouri GOP Sens. Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt had been taken to activity in a stinging column printed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board this week.
The newspaper’s board advised the pair ought to have used ex-President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial for inciting the lethal U.S. Capitol riot to distance themselves from Trump and “to redeem themselves for blindly supporting a man whose conduct was indefensible.”
But as an alternative, the editorial stated, Hawley and Blunt had been now simply “bringing additional embarrassment to the state after having flirted with the abolition of democracy in favor of keeping a dictator wannabe in the White House.”
Both Hawley and Blunt voted that the impeachment trial of Trump is unconstitutional.
Hawley was one of many GOP’s fiercest promoters of Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen due to mass voter fraud. Hawley, who was pictured pumping his first to Trump supporters earlier than the riot started, voted to overturn the election consequence.
In the times following the riot, Blunt described Trump’s rallying of his supporters to march on the Capitol as “clearly reckless” — however advised Trump had discovered his lesson and wanted no additional censure.
“At least 41.4% of Hawley’s and Blunt’s constituents voted to oust Trump, and certainly they want to see him brought to justice,” The Post-Dispatch concluded its editorial, titled “Hawley and Blunt deepen Missouri’s embarrassment by refusing to see Trump’s guilt.”
“Ther ‘legitimate concerns’ deserve a fist-pump, too.”
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