CPAC Speech Hawley Responds to Leftist Crackdown: I Won’t Back Down

GOP Senator Hawley speaks at CPAC on Feb. 26

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican, spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida on Friday (Feb. 26). He said he has been under pressure from the left for opposing the Electoral College vote in some contested states on Jan. 6, but that won’t keep him down.

At the CPAC convention Friday, Hawley’s courage was greeted with a hero’s welcome.

“For the last six weeks, the radical left, their corporate allies, the liberal media have tried to cancel me, censor me, expel me, reject me, prevent me from representing the people of Missouri, prevent me from representing you (from speaking out).” Hawley said, “I’m here today, I’m not going anywhere, and I’m not backing down. Absolutely not.”

“Some people say to us, ‘Oh, you’re in the past, your moment is over, it’s over, it’s Joe Biden‘s America now,’ and I just want to say to those people, we don’t represent the past, we’re the future, we represent the future of this country. ” Hawley said.

“We will not back down to the ‘woke’ (Woke, note: for the political term for conscious and active interest in significant facts or issues, especially racial or social justice issues) mob, we will not back down to the Culture of abolition, we will not be told what we can say and do. ” He said.

Hawley added that conservatives are “facing a battle for the Republic itself” and the challenge of “an unprecedented alliance between radical liberals and the largest and most powerful corporations in the history of the world. He was referring to technology giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter.

He said the United States is facing a challenge from a big tech “oligarchy” that wants to rule the country. Big tech companies are blocking conservatives’ access to their platforms, silencing them and shutting them out. They censored the former president of the United States (Trump). “If they can censor him (Trump), they can censor any U.S. citizen, and unfortunately, I’ve experienced that myself.” Hawley said.

As Hawley recalled in his speech his opposition to certifying the Electoral College vote results in some of the contested states on Jan. 6, a loud and sustained round of applause erupted.

“I stood up and said, ‘We should have a debate about election integrity,’ and I said, ‘The people have a right to have their voices heard, and the voters of Missouri that I represent want to be heard on this (election integrity) issue. ‘” He said.

Hawley has previously said federal law clearly grants senators the right to object to the results of any state’s Electoral College vote that is not produced by compliance.

Hawley said Friday at CPAC that he objected on Jan. 6 because he wanted to “have a debate about election integrity.”

“I’ve been called a traitor, I’ve been called a demagogue, the radical left says I should resign, and if I don’t resign, I should be expelled from the U.S. Senate.” Hawley said of the threats he has received.

“I’m not going anywhere, I’m staying here, and I’m going to stand up for you.” Hawley continued to a round of applause from the audience, “Because if we can’t have a free and open debate in this country, we won’t even have a country.”

“I think it’s an important position” to take, Hawley said, and as a result “the left came to me and they tried to silence me.”

He noted that shortly after the Capitol attack, publisher Simon & Schuster canceled plans to publish his book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech.

“It’s still going to be published, by the way, soon.” Hawley said.

Washington, D.C.-based Regnery Publishing confirmed to The Epoch Times on Jan. 18 that it will publish Hawley’s new book. The company said Hawley has fallen victim to what it calls “cancel culture. “Cancel culture” is a movement that bans things that contradict leftist dogma.