Michael Gerson addresses Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s plan to object to the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral college victory in his most recent column for The Washington Post.
Gerson writes, “In the cause of his own advancement, the senator from Missouri is willing to endorse the disenfranchisement of millions of Americans — particularly voters of color — and justify the attempted theft of an election. He is willing to credit malicious lies that will poison our democracy for generations. The fulfillment of Hawley’s intention — the ultimate overturning of the election — would be the collapse of U.S. self-government.”
Hawley, who is a former clerk for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, understands the Constitution. Hawley knows there was no massive election fraud and what he’s doing is helping Donald Trump advance a lie and conspiracy theory. Since Hawley is aware of all this, what he’s doing is pandering.
He’s pandering to Donald Trump, the MAGAt base, and to right-wing propaganda outlets such as Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax because he wants to run for president in 2024. Maybe if Donald Trump is too bogged down in his own personal strife, debts, scandals, lawsuits, potentially prison, and possibly fleeing the country, to run for president again, he’ll endorse Josh Hawley. In fact, Hawley is actually fundraising off this.
Hawley is overlooking something. Donald Trump is not loyal. Do you think he’s pardoning his goons out of loyalty? No. He’s pardoning them as a payoff. If you want an expert opinion on Trump’s loyalty, talk to Michael Cohen. Trump’s loyalty and corruption are the only two things Cohen is an expert on, but he knows the subject. You can also talk to William Barr and Jeff Sessions. Hell, talk to Mitch McConnell, who carried Donald Trump’s water for four years yet found himself on the nasty end of mean tweets after acknowledging Joe Biden won the election.
Hawley should talk to McConnell and fellow Republican senator Ben Sasse.
Senator Sasse said this was an attempt to “disenfranchise millions of Americans” and wrote an open letter stating, “Let’s be clear what is happening here: We have a bunch of ambitious politicians who think there’s a quick way to tap into the president’s populist base without doing any real, long-term damage. But they’re wrong, and this issue is bigger than anyone’s personal ambitions. Adults don’t point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government.”
And there are a “bunch” of them seeking to disenfranchise millions of Americans. According to reports, when Congress counts the electoral college votes this coming Wednesday, at least 140 Republicans in the House are going to object. That’s 140 members of Congress who will object to democracy. That’s just in the house. How many Republicans will join Hawley in the Senate? Hell, these goons are even suing Mike Pence over his mostly ceremonial duty of overseeing the electoral count in Congress.
Joe Biden won the election. The same process and procedures that have confirmed Joe Biden is the president-elect are the exact same ones that confirmed Donald Trump in 2016. On January 6, Congress will confirm that Joe Biden is the next duly-elected president of the United States of America on January 20, he will be sworn into office. Donald Trump will not be president after January 20.
In case you’re a Republican, that’s not a prediction. It’s a spoiler.
Note: I dedicate this cartoon to my friend and fellow cartoonist Bob Quick. He’s been very supportive of my career and the poor bastard lives in Missouri. He also sent me a wonderful drawing of Josh Hawley with a horse head. I told him he drew the wrong end. Hang in there, Bob.
Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: I have an order of 20 copies of my book (12 are left to purchase) on the way, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. The books won’t arrive until after the new year, but orders are being taken and they’ll be shipped as soon as I receive them. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.
Update on book: They’re here but…I forgot to order envelopes. Shit. Envelopes are on the way. I’m sorry and I shouldn’t have assumed I had enough on hand. I swear that about 30 book envelopes disappeared out of my apartment.
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