Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced on Twitter his decision to join House Republicans in objecting to the certification of electoral votes in a joint session of Congress on January 6th. Dozens of House members have already committed, but Hawley is the first Senator to commit to the controversial position.
Hawley said that he could not vote to certify because some states did not follow their own laws:
I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on Jan. 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws.
Hawley, a vocal critic, said that the behavior of social media giants also gave him a reason to object:
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.
Critical of the election results, Hawley said that Congress should investigate election fraud. He pointed out that Democrats have done the same thing in past elections.
I will follow the same practice Democrat members of Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on Jan. 6 to raise these critical issues.”
Leading the effort to object in the House, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) explained the strategy of objecting to certification of the electoral vote: “The law is very clear, the House of Representatives in combination with the United States Senate has the lawful authority to accept or reject Electoral College vote submissions from states that have such flawed election systems that they’re not worthy of our trust.”
If certification of the electoral votes failed in the joint session of Congress, the presidential election would then be determined in the House of Representatives in a “contingent election.”
Bizarrely, Walmart tweeted on Hawley’s decision, calling Hawley a “sore” loser. “Go ahead. Get your 2 hour debate. #soreloser.”
Hawley responded swiftly to Walmart’s criticism and touched a sore spot at the same time pointing to Walmart’s labor practices. He said, “Now that you’ve insulted 75 million Americans, will you at least apologize for using slave labor? Or maybe you’d like to apologize for the pathetic wages you pay your workers as you drive mom and pop stores out of business.”
According to Newsweek, Walmart’s senior manager of national media relations blamed a social media underling for the tweet and issued an apology to Senator Hawley. “The tweet was mistakenly posted by a member of our social media team who intended to publish this comment to their personal account. We have removed 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.”
Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf pic.twitter.com/kTaaPPJGHE
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020