Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) called for a leadership change at the top of the Republican Party Monday night and declared that “Washington Republicanism” must end.
Speaking with “Tucker Carlson Tonight” guest host Tulsi Gabbard, the senator decried leaders who listen to “Washington lobbyists” instead of voters. He cited Washington Republicanism as caring more for Wall Street than about the American working class.
More specifically, the leadership of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is being called into question.
Spending for the recent midterms is under fire, which includes the reported decision by McConnell to yank $8 million from Arizona GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters. The Trump-endorsed Masters was narrowly defeated by Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) criticized Republican Party leadership on the heels of the GOP’s disappointing performance in last week’s midterm elections. https://t.co/CbIhFz1sBU
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Hawley told Gabbard that the message from voters is clear. Americans want secure streets, and he proposed 100,000 new cops on patrol. He added that the call is also to “secure the borders, stop the indoctrination of our children and bring jobs back to the country.”
The senator explained that Republicans were not offering anything to voters who didn’t like Biden.
He then flatly asserted that he will not support McConnel to lead the Senate GOP and that new leadership must bring with it “real convictions.”
In a Saturday night tweet, Hawley posted that “the old party is dead.” He said that it is “time to bury it” and build anew. This came after projections gave Democratic incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto the victory in her Nevada Senate race against Republican Adam Laxalt.
Earlier, the Missouri senator tweeted that independent voters cannot be expected to choose Republicans if there’s not a party platform they care about.
He specifically called out the GOP for bowing to pressure from “Big Pharma on insulin,” and falling in line with Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Majority Leader, on gun control and the Green New Deal disguised as “infrastructure.”
Instead, he proposed unrigging the system by instituting stronger tariffs on Chinese goods, bringing back American jobs, opening up the energy industry, and more police protection.
Hawley is one of several Republican senators calling for the party to delay its vote on Senate leadership until the Georgia runoff is decided. That race pits Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock against GOP challenger Herschel Walker.