In the wake of President Biden’s attempt to explore expanding the Supreme Court and Democratic lawmakers proposing legislation to do just that, controversial Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who infamously helped lead the charge in an effort to overturn former President Donald Trump’s loss to Biden in the 2020 presidential election, accused Democrats of attacking Democracy.
“This is an attack on our democracy. Democrats want to remake the country in their own image. And they plan to use brute political force to rig the system – pack the Court, pack the Senate, and take over federal elections.”
The bill seeks to expand the number of Supreme Court seats from nine to 13. It was introduced on Thursday by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat.
Hawley criticized the bill to the press pool shortly after:
“It’s a terrible idea. It is a deliberate attempt to fundamentally change a core institution of American government and effectively to overturn the results of past elections.”
Many critics of Hawley, however, were quick to point out that his outrage comes after he was a central figure in objecting to the certification of Electoral College votes of battleground states on January 6, leading to a violent, deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Also on Thursday, Speaker of the Hosue Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she supported Biden’s launching of a commission to study the structure of the Supreme Court, which has been set at nine seats since 1869:
“I support the President’s commission to study such a proposal. I don’t know that that’s a good idea or a bad idea. I think it’s an idea that should be considered.”
She did add, however, that she has “no plans to bring it to the floor.”
Hawley has made headlines multiple times in recent months.
In addition to allegedly helping incite the Jan. 6 riots, he, along with Senator Ted Cruz, had Senate ethics complaints filed against him for his role, lost a large chunk of his political donors, saw an article he once wrote defending the Oklahoma City bombers go viral, criticized “liberal elites” even though he himself went to Yale and Stanford, and criticized President Joe Biden for supporting the Iraq war even though he clearly did as well.
Josh Hawley has been under fire lately
Republicans are up in arms, no pun intended, about the past support of the Iraq war from some of Joe Biden’s nominee’s, but at least one left some damning evidence behind that he also supported that war.
In a newly uncovered blog post, controversial Senator Josh Hawley (R. MO) lays out his clear support for a war that he now conveniently opposes.
According to CNN, Hawley wrote the post before he became a lawmaker. In the 2005 blog post about Iraq, Hawley said:
“The question should not be, When do we get to leave? But instead, How are we going to win?”
“Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State, has an excellent column on Iraq in this morning’s Washington Post. Kissinger understands the importance of linking the security and political situations in the country.”
Hawley’s blog concluded:
“That is, we must both train Iraqi troops and use them to suppress the insurgency as well as push forward with the formation of a stable, democratic government,” Hawley continued. “He also understands that military operations in Iraq must be subordinated to and integrated with our broader geo-strategic goals in the region. Read the piece. It’ll make an excellent primer for the President’s Oval Office address tonight.”
Last November, the Trump loving Senator tweeted a picture of Biden’s Cabinet nominees, captioned “What a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts.”
“Take Tony Blinken. He’s backed every endless war since the Iraq invasion. Now he works for #BigTech and helps companies break into #China. He has no sense of what working Americans want or need.”
Like former President Trump, of whom he was a top supporter and defender, Hawley initially expressed support for the Iraq War and changed his mind while running for office in 2016.
Phil Letsou, Hawley’s spokesperson Phil Letsou, defended the Missouri Senator:
“Senator Hawley’s views have definitely changed since his school days. If the twenty-year failed experiment in ‘neo-conservative’ globalism in the Middle East doesn’t convince you that nation-building doesn’t work, nothing will.”