KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sen. Josh Hawley moved forward with his objection last week to the Electoral College vote to certify Joe Biden as U.S. President following a riot at the Capitol because he "will not bow to a lawless mob, or allow criminals to drown out the legitimate concerns" of his constituents.
Hawley explained his vote, and his response to the riots that left five people dead, in a guest column in the Southeast Missourian.
He also condemned the violence at the Capitol and said "mob violence" is always wrong.
"Those who engaged in it should be prosecuted and punished," Hawley 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."
The full editorial can be read on the Southeast Missourian website.