Supporting Josh [Hawley] and trying so hard to get him elected to the Senate was the worst mistake I ever made in my life. — Former Republican Sen. John Danforth
Supporting Josh [Hawley] and trying so hard to get him elected to the Senate was the worst mistake I ever made in my life. — Former Republican Sen. John Danforth
Former Sen. John Danforth calls supporting Josh Hawley's senate campaign 'the worst mistake I ever made in my life'
  • Former Republican Sen. John Danforth said on Thursday that supporting Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley's 2018 campaign was "the worst mistake I ever made in my life."
  • On Wednesday, a violent mob of pro-Trump insurrectionists overran Capitol Hill during a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Hawley took a leading role in challenging states' slates of electors and in pushing false and misleading claims of election improprieties. He is now being accused of fanning the flames of the violence.
  • "Lending credence to Trump's false claim that the election was stolen is a highly destructive attack on our constitutional government," Danforth said in a statement earlier this week. "It is the opposite of conservative; it is radical."
"Supporting Josh and trying so hard to get him elected to the Senate was the worst mistake I ever made in my life," Danforth told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tony Messenger. "Yesterday was the physical culmination of the long attempt (by Hawley and others) to foment a lack of public confidence in our democratic system. It is very dangerous to America to continue pushing this idea that government doesn't work and that voting was fraudulent."

The spotlight on Hawley, a likely 2024 presidential candidate, has grown even brighter over the past few days after he became the first GOP senator to publicly state that he would back a challenge to the election results, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky warned against only days earlier.