Not every Republican is willing to promote the Big Lie, but not many are eager to call it out. Only a handful of conservative elected representatives are willing to say, publically at least, anything that risks upsetting Donald Trump. However, Fox News‘ Bret Baier pressured Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) to give an honest answer, and go on the record recognizing Joe Biden as the duly-elected President of the United States.
On January 6th, Congress met to certify the electoral vote in the 2020 election. Despite an attack by angry Trump supporters, they reconvened after the Capitol Building was cleared, and moved forward to finish the job. While many Republicans decided that, after this violent attack, continuing to contest the election would be inappropriate, Hawley was one of several who still objected to the outcome, forcing debate.
When he appeared on Fox News and began to discuss matters pertaining to the election, Baier stopped him and made him acknowledge the truth.
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Baier: “You and I had an interesting interview prior to January 6th you were getting ready to challenge election results. Today, can you definitively say that Joe Biden is the legitimately elected President and the election was not stolen?”
Hawley: “Yes, I’ve said Bret, that I think President Biden is the duly-elected President of the United States. That became official when we certified late in the night on January 6th those election results…”
NPR reports that Hawley later justified his objection by saying that many people in Missouri had contacted him to express concerns about election integrity, and that objecting to the electoral vote was just a way of speak[ing] on their behalf.”
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