Josh Hawley knows exactly what he’s doing

Josh Hawley knows better than to amplify Donald Trump’s lies about losing the election. But the Republican senator from Missouri did so anyway, betting that it would raise his profile among Trump-loving conservative Republicans.

His cynical bet was right on the money.

Hawley has come under fierce criticism in recent weeks for being first out of the gate to oppose the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory — an act that may not have incited the Capitol insurrection, but certainly didn’t discourage it. (His fist-pumping salute to protesters on Jan. 6 didn’t help things either.) Hawley’s political mentor has disowned



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