Sen. Josh Hawley lashed out at Joe Biden Friday after the president-elect said Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz were guilty of spreading the ‘big lie’ – that voter fraud robbed President Donald Trump of a second term.
Biden then brought up Nazi propagadist Joseph Goebbels, explaining that if you keep ‘repeating the lie,’ that people will start to believe it.
‘President-elect Biden just compared me and another Republican senator to Nazis. You read that correctly,’ blased Hawley in a statement. ‘This is undignified, immature, and intemperate behavior from the president-elect. It is utterly shameful,’ Hawley added.
Sen. Josh Hawley (left) lashed out at President-elect Joe Biden, who said Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz were responsible for spreading the ‘big lie’ that voter fraud robbed President Donald Trump of re-election, and said the tactic reminded him of Nazi propagadist Joseph Goebbels
‘If he’s the only one to say that that’s one thing, but the acolytes that follow him, like Cruz and others, they are as responsible as he is,’ Biden said, explaining that he believed lawmakers like Cruz and Hawley deserved blame for spreading the widspread voter fraud lie
Hawley had given a growing group of Trump supporters a clinched-fist salute as he entered the Capitol Building Wednesday morning, with the intention of joining House GOP lawmakers in challenging the validity of Electoral College votes in key swing states.
Lawmakers had gone back to their respective chambers for a Hawley and Cruz-backed challenge, of Arizona’s results, when the MAGA mob broke into the Capitol Building in a violent incident that killed five, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
At an event Friday in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden was asked if Hawley and Cruz should resign.
‘I think they should be just flat out be defeated the next time,’ Biden advised. ‘And I think the American public has a real good clear look at who they are.’
‘They’re part of the big lie,’ the incoming president added.
Biden then went into a long-winded story about Goebbels and the bombing of Dresden.
He then explained how Hawley and Cruz are complicit.
‘It’s one thing for one man, one woman to repeat the lie over and over and over again,’ Biden said. ‘By the way, Trump said that before he ran, if you say it enough, I’m going to convince you, I’ll say it enough: “the press is bad, the press is bad, the press is bad, the press is bad,”‘ Biden said to the room of reporters at Wilmington’s Queen theater.
‘If he’s the only one to say that that’s one thing, but the acolytes that follow him, like Cruz and others, they are as responsible as he is,’ Biden argued.
Biden said that there were ‘decent people’ in the U.S. ‘who actually believe these lies,’
‘The degree to which it becomes corrosive is in direct proportion to the number of people who say it, ‘ Biden said.
‘And so it’s interesting to me, and I was pleased to hear some more prominent Republicans say to me that the Ted Cruzs of the world are as responsible in terms of people believing the lies, as – not as responsible – but similar responsible like Trump,’ Biden said.
The president-elect differentiated those lawmakers from Trump’s incitement of the Capitol attack.
‘But they didn’t say, got to the Capitol, I’ll be with you, follow – that’s a different story,’ Biden said.
In his statement, Hawley defended his objections to Electoral College votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, the latter of which held up proceedings for an additional two hours after the Capitol Hill attack.
‘Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in,’ Hawley wrote. ‘Because I raised questions in the format prescribed by the laws of the United States about the way elections were conducted in the state of Pennsylvania, just as Democrats did about other states in 2001, 2005, and 2017, he is calling me a Nazi.’
Hawley called Biden’s statements ‘shameful.’
‘He should act like a dignified adult and retract these sick comments,’ Hawley said. ‘And every Democrat member of Congress should be asked to disavow these disgusting comments,’ he added, using the grammatical slur for Biden’s party.