Hawley pens op-ed to defend decision to object to electoral votes amid pushback | TheHill

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Sen. Josh Hawley Joshua (Josh) David HawleyGOP at crossroads after Capitol siege Trump 'accountable?' Easier said than done US Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots MORE (R-Mo.) penned an op-ed Wednesday defending his decision to object to the Electoral College results of two states as he faces pushback from critics who say he helped fuel last week's violent mob in the Capitol.

Writing in the Southeast Missourian, Hawley looked to separate his objections from last week's riot, noting existing questions among some Missouri voters over the presidential election's integrity.

"Let me say again, as I have said before: the lawless violence at the Capitol last week was criminal. There can be no quibbling about that. Those who engaged in it should be prosecuted and punished," he wrote. "Lawless violence undermines the democratic process by which we settle our disputes and threatens our democratic life. That applies to mobs of any and all political persuasions. Mob violence is always wrong."

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"But democratic debate is not mob violence," he continued. "It is in fact how we avoid that violence."

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