Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Hawley: It’s ‘Vitally Important’ To Open U.S. ‘As Soon As We Possibly Can’
Remaining on lockdown for year to get a vaccine ‘is just not going to work, we can’t do that, it will end up being a humanitarian crisis and nobody wants to do that.’
That’s “pro-life” for you – forty or more years of right wingnut fealty to billionaires isn’t enough. Their current profit margins are more important than lives.
As usual, many of the responses are priceless:
That will only happen with fast testing that is available everywhere. When will that happen? How have the Chinese prevented the debacle with testing? It is the Chinese fault, right?
Impatience to reopen will cost lives and hurt the economy. As much as we wish we could go back to normal, doing so before it’s safe will just start the cycle all over again, hurting the economy more.
Some people still cling to the belief that being polite to an idiot will get them somewhere.
And if we had tests, we could. We’d know who actually has the virus, including asymptomatic carriers.
It’s almost as though the Powers That Be want chaos. Sort of like that 2016 interview with Trump….
Wish we could but #GOP bungled response and made the problem worse.
Respectfully -will your kids go back to public school or daycare? Will your parents be out grocery shopping? Will your wife resume workouts at a local gym? Will your family go back to church and eat out on Sundays? We need credible examples on what to do.
Wine shopping online.
If we “open the U.S.” too soon, the humanitarian crisis is going to be even worse. Business will temporarily be booming, while people die in droves and end up closing down business for lack of live workers and customers.
Haven’t you been paying attention?
No. This has been another episode of short answers to simple questions.
I’ll go with the medical professionals opinion on what “as soon as we can” means.
Remember @HawleyMO: it is unwise to remove a cast before a broken bone is fully healed.
Why do you trust #TrumpPropaganda?
Why didn’t you demand action in #December, #January, #February, #March and #MostOfApril?
Why did you do nothing, Senator @HawleyMO?
Do you hate Americans?
You know what’s important? Not fucking dying. That’s important. How many have died because they couldn’t eat in a restaurant? Y’all want to believe the Dear Leader that’s your fucking problem. I suggest y’all get together for a big group hug
Why would you care if Missourians die? You only care about your corporate donors and making your #DearLeader happy by agreeing with everything he says.
So it’s a real shame Republicans squandered so much time that could have been used getting it under control, isn’t it?
You wouldn’t be in this predicament if you had removed President Bullshit from office. With competent leadership we could have mitigated this disaster back in January. Even now @realdonaldtrump hampers our efforts at containing and treating this pandemic.
You should head on in to grocery stores and bag groceries 8 hours a day to show us how safe it is to go back to normal…lead by example
He prefers wine shopping.
Perhaps you should be more concerned with your constituents instead of your big money donors.
Killing a few retirees will help save money and help make America great again！
From Josh Hawley (r), yesterday evening, via Twitter:
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
One year since the U.S. withdrew from the terrible Iran nuclear deal and Iran is already threatening to stockpile & resume uranium enrichment unless we prop up their failing economy. Our partners and allies should not give in to nuclear blackmail
6:35 PM – 8 May 2019
WTF? Uh, Donald Trump (r) withdrew the United States from the deal.
Some of the responses:
Yes, Josh. When one side fails honor their end of a deal, the other side tends to not keep their end up either. One year of Trump’s policy and what do we have? Iran back to enriching uranium. Americans still in jail or missing. More chaos in the region.
Call me a skeptic but I doubt any man who negotiated his way to losing $1 billion over a decade is going to how the hell to negotiate a complex nuclear deal.
So maybe the “terrible deal” was actually a pretty good deal?
Ironic or sarcastic? Your guess is as good as mine.
Don’t you have some kid’s video game to ruin?
That’s definitely sarcastic.
The 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council+Germany+Iran were signatories.The only country to break the treaty & exit the deal is the US.
Deal was verifiable.
The US is pushing Iran into a corner.
Mortifying but true: our country is the one destabilizing this situation.
We abandoned the deal unilaterally, and somehow the Iranians are supposed to be the bad guys for adhering to the deal we abandoned for an additional year?
Does anyone in your office have _any_ respect for your constituents? Your contempt for us and reality is pathetic.
This is perhaps the most dumb tweet you’ve made. And that is an impressive accomplishment.
I’m sad that I have to wait so long to vote against you.
Josh, I’m no foreign policy expert, but it might have something to do with the #BillionDollarLoser withdrawing from the deal for no good reason and against advice from both his Sec. of Defense and National Security Adviser. Also, you are an embarrassment to Missouri.
Well, compared to Donald Trump (r) you certainly are a foreign policy expert.
Hey genius, they weren’t threatening to stockpile & resume uranium enrichment when the “terrible” deal was in force. You sure you went to an elite law school? [….]
One of those fancy ones.
What did we expect to happen? I don’t get “already.” We walked out on the agreement. This had to have been expected, no?
Expect Kim Jong-un to be thinking that it would be stupid to make any deal with Trump.
Your complicity to this failed white house is putting our country in danger.
Thanks to orange Nixon’s tax cut the deficit is higher than ever, you and your cronies are trying to get rid of what little healthcare we have, and now you’re advocating for another war?
Sign up for your own damn war and take the 1% with you.
Whatever trump says the puppet repeats. You are a dangerous sycophant.
We noticed that, too.
What would you expect them to do-we pulled out of the deal. Spare us your fake outrage. It’s similar to how you ran your Senate race running commercials about health care-straight up lying -you were part of the lawsuit. We’re on to you #Gaslighting
You realize you’re owning yourself in this tweet, right?
No. But he did attend one of those fancy law schools.
What allies? We ditched them all when we unilaterally backed out of the agreement.
Senator, I’m not really hearing a solution here. What’s the GOP’s plan here? So far Trump broke America’s word, removing all incentive to slow down Iran’s enrichment program, all while making incendiary comments increasing tensions. What are you doing as my senator to solve this?
Dumbest fucking thing I’ve read today. Good job.
I can’t believe you’re actually whining about Iran not holding up their end of a deal your boss walked away from. You are an empty shirt, and a syncophant of the highest order. A soulless automaton that cannot think for itself.
You and your idiot ignorant party will drag us into a huge war. The republican party has zero clue with regards to common sense, let alone geo-political affairs.
You effing morons.
Use your words.
Steve Vockrodt @st_vockrodt
ICYMI: Nov. 2 Josh Hawley told a TV reporter that a KC Star story about how political operatives steered the AG’s office was false, while avoiding me as I waited outside his campaign bus. But records from his office make it clear the story was all too true
10:34 AM – 22 Dec 2018
People figured that out a while back:
“…He [Josh Hawley] is, well here’s, let me make sure that you understand. He is, every member of his staff is a taxpayer resource. Every e-mail they read from his political operatives is using taxpayer resources. When political operatives are in official meetings giving direction, talking about punch lists that is a political operation that he is bringing his state staff to deal with. He is having the political operatives run the taxpayer operated operation. So he is bending taxpayer resources to his political will. That is using taxpayer resources for political purposes. It may not be a copy machine where he’s copying flyers, but it is just as significant and, frankly, in some ways more insidious because he has turned official resources into a political operation. That’s what violates, uh, not only good judgment, not only does it disappoint Missourians about what the Attorney General’s office is supposed to be, but I believe it crosses the line in terms of the law…” – Claire McCaskill (D) – November 1, 2018
Josh Hawley (r): Ask me no more questions, I’ll tell you no more lies… (November 4, 2018)
Josh, we barely knew ya (December 6, 2018)
By the book (December 14, 2018)
Anyone remember Bill Webster (r)? (December 22, 2018)
A little after 6:00 a.m.:
“…But if you think we’re right and you won’t speak up because you can’t be bothered, then God, Jed, I don’t even want to know you…” – Dolores Landingham – “Two Cathedrals” – The West Wing (2001)
There’s an election today. Do you have a voting plan? Where? When? And do you know what you need?
Talk to your family, friends and neighbors. Get them to commit to voting. Drag them to the polls if you have to.
If you know it’s important that you vote and you won’t because you can’t be bothered or because it’s too inconvenient or you have something else to do, then God, I don’t even want to know you…
Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D) statement on a press phone call this morning in response to newspaper reports of political consultants operating and dictating operations in Attorney General Josh Hawley’s official state office shortly after he took office in 2017:
Senator Claire McCaskill (D): Good morning everybody. Um, I want to, uh, with the eye of a prosecutor I want to calmly review the facts as they have been presented in the article that was published yesterday by the Kansas City Star. First, as background, it is against the law to use state resources for political gain. You cannot use taxpayer paid staff to assist in any political purpose. The last Republican attorney general went to prison for utilizing his state office and his state staff to promote him politically. Those are the facts.
Now, look at the facts that were presented yesterday. Within ten days of taking office Hawley had his Washington, D.C. political consultants in his official office running meetings, sending emails to state paid staff, creating punch lists for state paid staff, communicating efforts to politically promote him nationally to taxpayer paid staff. We know that political operatives were working on budgets, staffing, and office organization. We know that taxpayer funded staff was confused about who they reported to and who they even worked for, their state paid supervisors or the political operatives. And this information did not come into the public sphere by virtue of any of his political opponents. I was just as surprised, the people who work on my campaign were just as surprised as every Missourian when we read this article yesterday.
This is information that is being given by people who worked in that office, who I’m sure were struck by how inappropriate and potentially illegal it was to have politically paid operatives embedded in the state official office for purposes of promoting Josh Hawley politically, both in the State of Missouri and nationally.
We remember William Webster (r). He went to prison.
Another sad chapter in the annals of IOKIYAR*.
Air wars: Hawley flies on lobbyist’s plane after blasting McCaskill
Missouri’s Senate candidates duke it out over whose flights are more unsavory.
By BURGESS EVERETT and ELANA SCHOR 10/20/2018 09:45 AM EDT
Sure enough, we went directly to Josh Hawley’s (r) October 2018 Federal Election Commission [FEC] campaign finance report and there it is:
Travis Brown and Kelly Brown each contributed $2612.50, in kind, dated September 24, 2018 to Josh Hawley’s (r) U.S. Senate campaign. The memo on the contribution report states: “In Kind: Air Charter 9-20-18”
Well, slap my face and call me a republican lobbyist, I’d never consider such a thing possible, given Josh Hawley’s, you know, lack of insider contacts and his apparent aversion to air travel.
Gee, they’re both “self employed” in the “government relations” business. “Government relations” is FEC report talk for “lobbyist”. Charter plane flights not always included.
Travis Brown, Travis Brown…wait a minute, we’ve run into that name before. At the Missouri Ethics Commision [lobbying search]:
Principal: PELOPIDAS, LLC 1034 S. BRENTWOOD BLVD, STE 1700 SAINT LOUIS , MO 63117 […]
Lobbyist: Travis Brown 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd, Ste 1700 Saint Louis , MO 63117 […]
Why, that’s the same address listed for the in-kind contributions to Josh Hawley (r) in the FEC report. Go figure.
It’s not like a lobbyist’s plane hasn’t been an issue in the past:
Today’s Republican Floor Leader co-owns plane with Lobbyist story is (January 16, 2009)
A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist (January 18, 2009)
A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist, part 2 (January 19, 2009)
A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist, part 3 (January 22, 2009)
We’re fairly certain this is not the aircraft in question – we couldn’t find the registration number on it.
Though it does make an apt metaphor for the blatant hypocrisy inherent in Josh Hawley’s (r) campaign rhetoric.
The more things change, the more they remain the same, and the very same republicans show up with their plane.
* it’s okay if you’re a republican
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Senator Feinstein and the Democrats held the letter for months, only to release it with a bang after the hearings were OVER – done very purposefully to Obstruct & Resist & Delay. Let her testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!
10:29 AM – 21 Sep 2018
In 2016 Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court languished before the republican controlled U.S. Senate without any hearings and without any votes for 293 days.
Clueless (September 21, 2018)
A sinking land yacht (September 21, 2018)
… it’s a dead end job.
The “actor”, dressed in black (bless him), out in the sun, with a temperature in the 90s, attempted to harass Senator Claire McCaskill (D) at the Missouri State Fair. Almost everyone ignored him.
Do you suppose on the really hot days in Missouri they offer their campaign tracker the opportunity to fetch coffee at their headquarters as a change of pace and a respite from the heat?
Campaign Tracker: apparently a tie is now optional working attire (September 10, 2016)
Campaign Tracker: Where’s Waldo? (September 12, 2016)