Josh Hawley filed an ethics complaint against the Democrats seeking to censure him

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Senator Josh Hawley was one of the people responsible for the January 6th insurrection. Hawley, Ted Cruz and more than a hundred congressmen decided that Donald Trump won the election and Joe Biden “stole” the election, and they also decided that states with Black voters should not count. It was all pretty bad and for about a week, I thought Hawley would have to face some real consequences. His hometown papers in Missouri were calling him out. His classmates said he was always a fascist. He lost his book deal. Senate Democrats were looking at censuring Hawley formally. But because everything is awful, Hawley is now doubling-down on everything.

First off, he got a new book deal: Regnery Publishing, which is described as “the country’s leading publisher of conservative books,” will publish Hawley’s The Tyranny of Big Tech. But that’s not all: now Hawley is filing an ethics complaint against the Democrats were seeking to censure him. Truly, a legal strategy in the same vein of Rudy Giuliani’s Angry Fart Tour.

Sen. Josh Hawley on Monday filed an ethics complaint against the seven Democrats who last week filed one against him and fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz seeking their “expulsion or censure” for objecting to the presidential election results. The Missouri Republican — who in a Post op-ed Sunday decried the muzzling of viewpoints through “cancel culture” — objected to certification of President Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania shortly after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Hawley wrote to the Senate Ethics Committee that his seven accusers “filed an unprecedently frivolous and improper ethics complaint against me and Senator Cruz.”

He wrote that his objection was “a lawful process” invoked previously by Democrats and that “my objection rested on far more solid ground than the electoral college objections submitted by Democrat Members of Congress after the 2000, 2004 and 2016 elections.” Hawley wrote that “[b]y knowingly submitting a frivolous complaint to accomplish impermissible partisan purposes, these Senators have engaged in improper conduct that may reflect upon the Senate. The Committee should discipline these Members to ensure that the Senate’s ethics process is not weaponized for rank partisan purposes.”

Hawley wrote in his ethics complaint that the seven Democrats’ complaint linking him to the rioters “would constitute defamation per se” in “most jurisdictions.” Democrats accusing Hawley and Cruz of misconduct are Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

Hawley also sent a letter to his accusers Monday, writing, “In light of the shameful abuse of the ethics process you have deliberately engaged in, I have considered whether I should call for you to resign or be expelled from the Senate. But I continue to believe in the First Amendment, which the US Supreme Court has repeatedly said protects even ‘offensive’ and malicious speech, such as yours.”

[From The NY Post]

I’m super-proud of my senator Tim Kaine for being one of the seven Democrats seeking to censure this bugf–king fascist. I’m proud of all seven! I’m glad that they’re putting it on the record that Sen. Hawley and Sen Cruz were absolutely inciting violence, and inciting their Nazi supporters to murder their congressional colleagues. As for Hawley’s “I know you are but what am I” defense… it’s just pathetic. Of course he deserves to be censured. I believe he needs to be criminally charged too. But I know none of that will happen.

As for Hawley’s front-page NY Post op-ed about cancel culture… you can read it here. I’m not going to excerpt anything because it’s just insane. It’s just Nazis whining about being deplatformed. They’re really, really upset that they can’t organize their violent coups on Twitter and Facebook right now.

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  1. Mignionette says:

    How is he still in office whilst heavily implicated in the events of 6th of January. Why are private companies acting but not the state ?

    • Swack says:

      It’s Missouri and the state is deeply red. Governor Parson will not even have a mask mandate. We are last in getting Covid vaccinations out and Parson is explaining that away. I am ashamed of my state.

      • Sunny says:

        Missouri is the worst!

        Home to Emily Murphy.
        Home to Mark & Patricia McCloskey.

      • H says:

        I looked at houses recently in Independence, as I have friends there (Democrat friends) but decided against buying there because of the reasons you stated. I went next door to Kansas, which has two nightmare Senators, but the governor is a Democrat. I plan on joining the Democratic Party in my county. We need to turn these states at least purple, one of us at a time, like Abrams did in GA.

        This guy can go f*ck himself.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Missouri…repping a state he doesn’t even LIVE in!

        Frankly, when you’re braying to EVERY SINGLE news agency/show about how you’re being “muzzled”…means you’re NOT being muzzled.

        Sorry…censure is NOT enough! He needs to be indicted for inciting sedition/insurrection, convicted on the evidence we’ve ALL seen/heard, and jailed!

    • Emm says:

      I just don’t understand living like this. Waking up thinking about who to get into a fight with next, being so angry all the time, talking to your wife or kids and then saying “ok bye I need to go write an article about how unfair it is that I can’t support nazis and my free speech is being violated.”, instead of trying to serve people you wanting everyone to serve you and thinking this is what being a congressman is, and on and on. It just sounds so exhausting, everything that this guy has done since Jan.6th. Like he’s just sitting there stewing, thinking about what shitty thing he can do next.

      • Traveler says:

        I have thought this myself over these very long 4 years. What a miserable, hateful, dystopian world these people live in. Unfortunately, they drag us along with them.

        This guy needs to be expelled. It is as obvious as the nose on our faces that he, Cruz, et. al. were complicit. It’s so frustrating to this legal layman that there isn’t something that can be done under these exigent circumstances.

  2. Izzy says:

    This is a guy who, at age 15, wrote a letter in support of militia members right after the Oklahoma City bombing.

    He’s always been this awful. Get him out.

    • sa says:

      Right! What gets me even more than his column is that a paper published it! Right after the bombing some editor read his twisted views and thought this is what we want to put into the world right now.

      This guy has the nerve to mention defamation, this guy and Cruz are defamation proof.

      • Merricat says:

        It isn’t defamation if it’s true. Josh Hawley is trash.

      • sa says:

        I didn’t mean to suggest that the complaint against Hawley wasn’t true, if that’s how my comment came across, then it was poorly phrased.

        I was just pointing out the ridiculousness of Hawley claiming defamation in *any* context, because he is defamation proof (his reputation is so bad that it can’t be made worse by lies about him). But, of course, if it’s true it’s not defamation. I would also be surprised if a formal senate ethics complaint could be defamation (I don’t know, but I would guess that it’s exempt from any defamation laws).

    • kimmy says:

      I was a white Missourian for 4 years and I sure as shit didn’t vote for this garbage person. But I know several who most likely did. Now I’m back in Indiana which is as red as ever!

      Get him out!

    • Seraphina says:

      He seems awful and I agree needs to go. I cannot believe he is allowed to function in government. He needs to go, Take out the trash.

  3. TIFFANY says:

    White people in Missouri have always been awful and that is why they voted for someone who doesn’t even live here.

    -signed A Black Missourian

    • Ellie says:

      As a white person born in Missouri who is horrified every time I’m forced to go back, I agree with this statement. This guy is a moronic, evil POS and the hero worship for him there is scary.

    • Swack says:

      I didn’t vote for this guy and he is appalling.

    • smlstrs says:

      Grew up in Kansas, so very biased against Missouri, but yeah – has always looked that way to me

  4. heygingersnaps says:

    Wow. There really is no bottom for this people. They should expel him.

  5. The Hench says:

    Hawley = a craven, loggerheaded, shard-borne maggot-pie.

  6. OriginalLala says:

    He is truly despicable, and I fear he is the slick, ambitious, young/fit, intelligent narcissist the MAGA crowd is waiting for to cause major problems.

    • MissMo says:

      I am terrified that you are correct. That was always one of the ‘reassuring’ things about the previous administration – at least they were too incompetent and stupid to do more *serious* damage (which is hardly a comfort, with how much damage they ended up doing anyway). I fear that Hawley is just getting started, and is enjoying this initial taste of seditious, racist, fascist pushback.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        He’s just a better looking Stephen Miller (not nearly as reptilian). But just as horrible, racist, xenophobic, cruel…and just as cunning.

  7. Darla says:

    You know what, if they had succeeded in hanging Pence, things might have played out different. As things stand, looks like they’ll be able to normalize this the way they have everything else, including btw, locking babies in cages and having 1 year old babies represent themselves in court.

    I’ve said it a lot, Biden is a reprieve, nothing more, and IMO it’ll be a short lived one. White people in this country are monstrous. It took me a long time to realize that because they’re my own family. But they’re monsters.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I have to agree, the next republican candidate/president will be worse much worse than Trump.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes to everything you said. We are f^cked. I was just listening to a podcast where they were talking about “the future of the republican party” now that the MAGA Trump wing wields so much power and I wanted to scream that the discussion shouldn’t be about the future of that party but about the future of our country. As long as these people keep doubling down on the lie that Trump actually won the election, we can never begin to find some normalcy. And if anyone cries about “unity” one more time, I will lose it completely. They’ve weaponized that now, too, to mean “giving into right wing terrorists.”

    • Merricat says:

      I disagree. The majority of Americans don’t want Trumpland, and in a capitalist country, the majority of consumers win the day. Now, the GOP is absolutely screwed, but I don’t feel too bad about that. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.

      • Darla says:

        The majority of white people do want trumpland. And our system is set up to make minority rule very easy.

  8. paranormalgirl says:

    My husband said “that Sheen Estevez looking mouth breather really needs to stop deflecting before he draws even more attention to his seditious neo Nazi ways.”

    I had to see who Sheen Estevez was and OMG, he’s right. He’s from the Jimmy Neutron cartoon.

  9. mellie says:

    How’s he being muzzled? This Dumb f#$K is still everywhere? The NY Post, he still got his stupid book deal, he’s on social media….I’m still hearing from him…so he’s not censored…unfortunately. Show me a real problem.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      he’s not, and none are any of the other people who decry cancel culture.

      they’re just getting flack for what they’re saying, and being held accountable for their actions, and feeling repercussions of both their speech and actions. just like people who complain about freedom of speech being suppressed, they are deliberately misinterpreting what is happening to rile their rabid base.

      “I’m being silenced!”

      no, you’re not. you’re still spewing. what’s changed is that people are responding to your BS and not just letting it slide. no one is entitled to a book deal. no one is entitled to a Twitter account, and no one is entitled to a congressional seat and/or career.

  10. Seraphina says:

    I too am super proud of our congressman Tim Kaine and in fact, the Virginia General Assembly is holding state Senator Amanda Chase accountable as well for her actions and her vocalization of Pro Trump insurrection and everything else that goes with it.

  11. Ann says:

    Fascism and being a racist ahole existed well before the internet. Hitler didn’t have Twitter. Nazis today just aren’t what they used to be. Hawley needs to pick himself up by the bootstraps if he really wants this whole American Reich thing to come to fruition.

  12. SpankyB says:

    I get a David Miscavige / Tom Cruise vibe from him. Very creepy.

  13. Mireille says:

    You know I’ve been all over Twitter calling for an investigation into Hawley’s participation in the attempted coup, tagging the Democrats, Congress, and other government leaders, including FBI, as well chiming in all the retweets for him being fired.

    Is trying to hold him accountable for his actions an act of censorship? Should we not let Hawley be who is? Should I instead be defending his First Amendment right to be the a**hole that he is? As I further ponder on the ethics of my behavior towards Sh*tface Hawley, I will now leave Celebitchy and return to pounding this m*therf*cker hard on Twitter…

  14. Emerald Crystal says:

    It’s funny how sometimes you can see a photo of someone and instantly know what an a$$hole you’re seeing by the look in their eyes. I’ve never been to Missouri, and never knew that much about it. Isn’t that where the Branson thing is located? I’m in Florida and I have to be ashamed of so much here, so I can understand how people who have any morality, would be ashamed of people like him. I’m going to look for the Sheen Estevez cartoon. Never heard of it, but sounds hilarious. Ironic, how one son took the original name and the other took the Hollywood version of his father. P. S. If anyone needs to be muzzled, I think that Hawley’s going to be on the list.

  15. J ferber says:

    Hawley in his skinny Jarred Kushner suit fist-pumping (or white power saluting) the murderous mob outside the Capitol Building is now an iconic image of his betrayal of democracy. He needs to be slapped down by Nancy Pelosi or Vice President Harris. Dorkish asshattery.

  16. trashaddict says:

    “Weaponizing”. Um, ‘kay. Who was carrying the actual, real weapons on January 6th?

  17. Aubra says:

    and to think people pf Missouri dodged a bullet not voting for Courtland Sykes (who also hadn’t lived in MO but for barely a year when he ran for Claire’s seat, he’s also married to Chanel Rion, OAN WH correspondent)