After his hostile takeover in 2015, Donald Trump now stands as the head of the Republican party. And many of today’s Republicans are desperate to receive his approval. So extremism has become the norm in the GOP.Some of the most prominent Republicans of teh day are the most extreme. This certainly would include Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene. But when asked about them in a recent interview, Josh Hawley tried to pretend that he didn’t know them.
Hawley, of course, has also tried his hand at extremism. The Missouri senator famously gave Trump fans a salute during the 2021 insurrection. Hawley was asked about campaigning for JD Vance. He responded, “There is a consistent pattern of protest on both sides against the status quo. You can’t talk about economics without talking about culture. A lot of these blue-collar voters—one of the reasons they cohere as a class is that their cultural values are under threat.”
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) May 8, 2022
The senator was then asked specifically about Gaetz and Taylor Greene. “I don’t really want to answer that question, to be honest with you,” Hawley replied. “And it’s nothing against those folks, but I can’t say that I’ve followed them.”
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