Josh Hawley in a suit and tie: The editorial board of The Kansas City Star, a newspaper in Republican Senator Josh Hawley's home state of Missouri, said he had "blood on his hands" for supporting President Donald Trump's repeated attempts overturn the election based on baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. In this December 16, 2020 photo, Hawley asks questions during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process in Washington, DC.© Greg Nash – Pool/Getty The editorial board of The Kansas City Star, a newspaper in Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s home state of Missouri, said he had “blood on his hands” for supporting President Donald Trump’s repeated attempts overturn the election based on baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. In this December 16, 2020 photo, Hawley asks questions during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process in Washington, DC.“Hawley’s actions in the last week had such impact that he deserves an impressive share of the blame for the blood that’s been shed,” the editorial stated, before mentioning that Hawley was first Republican senator who pledged to oppose the January 6 congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden‘s Electoral College win.

“Hawley, [Republican Kansas Senator Roger] Marshall and other Republicans who upheld [President Donald] Trump’s con about widespread fraud knew all along that his claims were bogus. Now that they’ve seen exactly where those lies have landed us,” the editorial continues.

While the article concluded by saying that the decent thing to do would be for the aforementioned senators to “prevent further violence by making clear that Joe Biden did not win by cheating,” the board also said it would be surprised if they actually did that.

By Daniel Villarreal