At a time of extreme polarization the populist strategy is to drive America even farther apart by promoting conspiracy theories and stoking grievances. We must reject this strategy and reclaim America's historic purpose of holding our diverse nation together as one people. — Former Republican Sen. John Danforth
At a time of extreme polarization the populist strategy is to drive America even farther apart by promoting conspiracy theories and stoking grievances. We must reject this strategy and reclaim America's historic purpose of holding our diverse nation together as one people. — Former Republican Sen. John Danforth
Former Sen. John Danforth criticizes Josh Hawley's challenge of the 2020 presidential election as 'radical' and 'the opposite of conservative'
  • Former Republican Sen. John Danforth on Monday slammed Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley's efforts to contest the Electoral College certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win in the 2020 presidential race.
  • "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. "It is the opposite of conservative; it is radical."
  • Hawley was the first GOP senator to publicly announce his intentions to challenge the Electoral College certification, with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and several other Republican lawmakers following his lead.
"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. "It is the opposite of conservative; it is radical. As one friend asked me, 'What are my grandchildren to think of America if they are told that elections are fraudulent?'"

Danforth, who represented Missouri in the Senate from 1976 to 1995, was a pivotal figure in Hawley's successful 2018 Senate campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, leading an effort to get Hawley to enter the race when he was still a newly-elected Missouri state attorney general.

... Danforth, who decided to speak out after receiving inquiries regarding Hawley's actions, concluded his statement by emphasizing the need for national unity in the wake of rampant election disinformation.

"At a time of extreme polarization the populist strategy is to drive America even farther apart by promoting conspiracy theories and stoking grievances," he said. "We must reject this strategy and reclaim America's historic purpose of holding our diverse nation together as one people."