Josh Hawley Says He Never Tried To Overturn 2020 Election, Slams QAnon 'Whackos'

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In an interview on Thursday, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri defended his decision to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Per Newsweek, Hawley told KMOV News 4 that he never actually sought to overturn the results and block Democrat Joe Biden from assuming the presidency.

"It was never my intention, point to overturn an election. I had no power to do it, it was never what I was aiming to do. My goal was to raise the concerns of my constituents," he said.

Hawley Stands By His Actions 

Josh Hawley in the U.S. Senate chamber.
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Hawley noted that he has no regrets, saying that he had "major concerns" about "what happened in Pennsylvania."

"I certainly stand by what I did. My goal was to raise the concerns of my constituents, and that is exactly what I did," the senator stated.

Former President Donald Trump and his allies spent months delegitimizing the 2020 presidential election and blaming Biden's victory on widespread voter fraud.

There is no evidence that Biden won thanks to voter fraud. In fact, courts across the nation have rejected the Trump campaign's lawsuits as baseless.

QAnon Has 'Zero' Credibility, Says Hawley

'Q' sign is seen at the US Capitol.
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Hawley also shared his opinion on the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that Trump is secretly fighting a globalist cabal of Satanists.

Asked whether QAnon has any credibility, Hawley responded, "No, zero."

"I don't know, I still don't know what they are. I don't care to know. It seems like a bunch of whackos, extremists to me and absolutely not," he added.

As Hawley and others challenged the results of the 2020 presidential race, a violent group of Trump supporters -- many of them Q followers -- stormed the U.S. Capitol building. 

Hawley Says Rioters Should Be Prosecuted 

Pro- Trump rioters at the US Capitol.
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Those who stormed the Capitol in a doomed effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, according to Hawley.

The senator strongly condemned the protesters and said that "there is no excuse for what they did."

As BBC reported, more than 220 individuals have been charged over their involvement in the January 6 riots. Some of them had ties to far-right extremist groups, others were former military members and many claim Trump inspired them to storm the Capitol.

Americans Dislike QAnon

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Polling suggests that Americans dislike QAnon. A Navigator Research survey released earlier this month established that most Americans view QAnon unfavorably and remain concerned about domestic terrorism.

In the poll, only four percent of Democrats and 7 percent of Republicans said they view the QAnon movement favorably. A majority of respondents said the federal government should crackdown on extremist movements and stop the spread of QAnon conspiracy theories on social media and elsewhere.

The survey also found that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, a former QAnon follower, is deeply unpopular.