Josh Hawley Receives Standing Ovation At CPAC

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley speaks at CPAC.
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Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri received a standing ovation at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday.

As The Hill reported, Hawley delivered a fiery speech, hitting populist and nationalist notes while riling up the crowd and promising to continue his fight against conservatives' perceived political opponents.

Hawley took aim at technological companies such as Twitter, Google and Facebook, slammed liberal Democrats, and talked about his decision to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election and fight for former President Donald Trump. 

Hawley Says He Won't Back Down

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley delivers a speech at CPAC.
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Hawley acknowledged that he has become very unpopular with his Senate colleagues since working overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and noted that liberals have tried to "cancel" him over his support for Trump.

"I’m here today, I’m not going anywhere and I’m not backing down, not a chance!" the senator declared on stage, attacking those who claim America changed with Democrat Joe Biden's victory.

"We’re not going to back down to the woke mob, we’re not going to back down to the cancel culture," he said.

Conservatives Have To Fight Big Tech, Hawley Claims

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Hawley repeated slammed the Big Tech "oligarchy," taking aim at Facebook, Google and Twitter. 

The Missouri Republican said that conservatives are "facing a fight for the Republic itself" and vowed to fight what he described as an "alliance" between liberals and Silicon Valley giants.

Big Tech, Hawley said, wants to rule the United States, which is why all major platforms recently banned Trump.

"Heck, they censored the president of the United States. If they can censor him, they can censor any American citizen," he warned.
 

Hawley Received Thunderous Applause For Electoral College Objection  

Sen. Josh Hawley speaks during a hearing.
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Hawley received thunderous applause for defending his decision to object to the certification of the Electoral College vote in the 2020 election.

The senator claimed that he objected to the results in order to start a debate on "election integrity" and said that his constituents demanded he do so.

He also discussed the fact that Democrats and their allies tried to have him removed from the Senate for objecting to the results.

"I was called a traitor, I was called a seditionist," Hawley said. "The left has come after me, they’ve tried to silence me."
 

Polls Show Hawley Is Popular With His Constituents 

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley speaks at a press conference.
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Hawley, who faces a re-election campaign next year, was abandoned by several large donors after challenging the results of the 2020 election. However, polling suggests that he is popular with his constituents.

A Morning Consult poll conducted after the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol found that 63 percent of Republican voters in Missouri approve of the senator's performance in office.

Hawley, who is considered a potential 2024 presidential contender, has also managed to raise his profile nationwide, according to the survey.