GOP Senator Slams ‘Washington Republicanism’

Josh Hawley

( – US Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri has blamed the worse-than-expected GOP performance in the midterm election on “Washington Republicanism” and its inclination to accommodate Democrat demands.

His scathing rebuke of fellow GOP figures came even though the party still has the theoretical chance to take both the US House of Representatives and the Senate.

“Washington Republicanism lost big Tuesday night,” Hawley tweeted Thursday after it became clear that the much anticipated “red wave” in the midterms had failed to materialize.

“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 said.

He seemingly targeted those of his GOP colleagues in the Senate who backed bipartisan legislature on infrastructure and gun control measures.

“What are Republicans actually doing for working people? How about, to start: tougher tariffs on China, reshore American jobs, open up American energy full throttle, 100k new cops on the street. Unrig the system,” Hawley added.

Earlier this week, the Republican who became a US Senator in 2019 declared that he refused to support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for another term as the leader of the Republican conference.

“I’m not sure if any other senator will run or not. Nobody’s indicated they would. But my view is that we need new leadership in that position,” Hawley told reporters in Springfield, Missouri, as cited by Fox News.

He was participating in a campaign event for his colleague, Republican US Senator-elect Eric Schmidt, who also refused to support McConnell.

Another Republican US Senator, Rick Scott of Florida, may challenge McConnell for the GOP leadership as he has not committed to backing the incumbent.

In the meantime, former US President Donald Trump has vowed to see McConnell removed as Republican leader if he gets elected to the White House again.

“This guy does not deserve to continue to be leader, and hopefully somebody’s going to challenge him. But I’ll tell you if I run, and if I win, he will not be leader,” Trump said in an interview on November 3.

At the same time, McConnell still enjoys the support of key members of the Republican Party.

“I expect Sen. McConnell will be re-elected leader of the Republican conference. And I support him. You have to stand up and say you’re going to run if you want to run for something like that in the conference. And I have not heard of any challenges in the current leadership,” Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the No. 3 Republican, told Politico earlier this week.