As calls for Josh Hawley to resign grow, Missouri governor stays silent

Posted 9 days ago


As Sen. Josh Hawley faces mounting pressure to resign from Congress after embracing President Trump's election challenge, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has remained silent on whether his fellow Republican should step down.

Parson, who was sworn in on Monday, dodged a question the same day about whether Hawley, the junior senator from Missouri, should resign, instead urging reporters to focus on his inauguration.

"You know, everybody has to be responsible for the decisions they make, good or bad, indifferent," Parson said, according to the Kansas City Star. "That’s what I’ll say."

While Parson acknowledged there has been "a lot of discussion on this," he asked that attention remain on his inauguration calling it a "special day for me and for my family" and "for our state."

"We’ll be talking about Washington, D. C., every day from hereafter probably on some level on that," he added.

Hawley, who was photographed saluting pro-Trump protesters before they stormed the Capitol, has faced severe political blowback since Wednesday's deadly riots: a former mentor disavowed him, Simon & Schuster abandoned plans to publish his upcoming book, a prominent donor who gave Hawley millions called for him to be censured and Democrats, as well as a handful of Republicans, have accused him of helping to incite the violence that left five people, including a U. S. Capitol Poli... (Read more)