Josh Hawley has said his political party is dead and a new one should be formed as he’s allegedly trying to run away from MAGA and Republican party.
Josh Hawley wrote on Twitter: “The old party is dead. Time to bury it. Build something new.” (Read More Here).
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Republicans need to rebrand and “build something new” after they failed to retake a majority in the U.S. Senate or meet general expectations for the 2022 midterm elections, one of the party’s younger members said.
On Saturday, shortly after Democrats picked up a key victory in Nevada, where incumbent Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto defeated Republican challenger Adam Laxalt, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley took to Twitter to say the Republican Party “is dead.”
“The old party is dead. Time to bury it. Build something new,” Hawley wrote.
The 42-year-old Missouri Republican is among a younger group of Senate Republicans, who have expressed reservations for or straight opposition to current Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, 82.
Hawley has been vocally critical of the Republican Party after they failed to win in Pennsylvania, where Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz fell short of defeating Senator-elect John Fetterman, and in Arizona, where Sen. Mark Kelly fended off Republican hopeful Blake Masters.
Hawley was also among a group of Republicans, joined by Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rick Scott, and Cynthia Lummis, who urged the Senate to postpone its leadership election until after the Georgia runoff election with Republican Hershall Walker and Democrat Raphael Warnock.
“The Senate GOP leadership vote next week should be postponed,” Rubio tweeted.
Some blame former President Donald Trump’s endorsements of flawed candidates in key races. Others say it was the threat to abortion rights after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs, or the threat to democracy posed by so many election deniers running under the GOP banner.
Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley says the real culprit was “Washington Republicanism” that has done little for working-class Americans.
“When your ‘agenda’ is cave to Big Pharma on insulin, cave to Schumer on gun control & Green New Deal (‘infrastructure’) and tease changes to Social Security and Medicare, you lose,” Hawley tweeted Thursday.
Hawley’s prescription for electoral success would include “tougher tariffs on China, reshore American jobs, open up American energy full throttle, 100k new cops on the street. Unrig the system.”
Hawley — who is widely considered to be mulling a 2024 presidential bid — spent the run up to Election Day campaigning for two GOP Senate candidates who share his populist vision of the Republican Party: J.D. Vance in Ohio and Blake Masters in Arizona.
The trio also share the same political benefactor — Tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who poured millions into helping Vance and Masters this year and was a major donor to Hawley’s 2016 run for attorney general and 2018 run for U.S. Senate.
Vance emerged victorious in his race, besting Democrat Tim Ryan by seven percentage points. In Arizona, Masters lost to Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.
Even before the GOP’s disappointing performance on Election Day, Hawley was calling for change within his party.
He told reporters on Monday he was unlikely to support Sen. Mitch McConnell for another term as Senate Republican leader.
McConnell and Hawley had already clashed before, most notably over Hawley’s plans to object to the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. Despite the fact that a violent mob of insurrectionists inspired by lies of a stolen election stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to thwart the peaceful transfer of power from Trump to Biden, Hawley followed through on his plans.
In an interview Friday with Real Clear Politics, Hawley continued to hammer McConnell and GOP leadership for a litany of reasons, including “failing to have any kind of an agenda to run on in these midterms.”