In a stunning turn of events, Republican Senator Josh Hawley announced he will object on January 6th when the Electoral College votes are submitted to Congress.
Hawley’s statement on the objection noted that the Democrats did the same in previous years:
Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity. They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did. And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.
Hawley said he cannot vote for electoral votes from states “particularly Pennsylvania, [that] failed to follow their own state election laws.”
Hawley said other matters such as censorship by social media were relevant to his objection:
And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act. For these reasons, I will follow the same practice Democrat members of Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on January 6 to raise these critical issues.
To read more about Hawley’s objections, click here.