WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) issued the following statement responding to President-elect Joe Biden’s comparison of him and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to a Nazi propagandist:
“President-elect Biden has just compared me and another Republican Senator to Nazis. You read that correctly. Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. Because I raised questions in the format prescribed by the laws of the United States about the way elections were conducted in the state of Pennsylvania, just as Democrats did about other states in 2001, 2005, and 2017, he is calling me a Nazi. This is undignified, immature, and intemperate behavior from the President-elect. It is utterly shameful. He should act like a dignified adult and retract these sick comments. And every Democrat member of congress should be asked to disavow these disgusting comments.”
President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz are part of the “big lie” about election fraud and invoked Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, but stopped short of calling on the two senators to resign.
Hawley, a Missouri Republican, faces a wave of condemnation for supporting a bid to block certification of Biden’s victory in two states even after a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol. Top Senate Democrats have demanded his resignation and previously-supportive politicians have denounced him.
The junior senator quickly seized on Biden’s remarks in an effort to turn the tables, saying the incoming president had called him and Cruz Nazis.
Biden’s comments came in response to a reporter’s question at a news conference about whether Hawley and Cruz should resign. The two were the first senators to promise support for objections to certifying Biden’s electoral victory in some states.
Biden responded by saying the senators should “just be flat beat the next time they run.” He added that the American public has a “real clear, good look at who they are.”
“They’re part of the big lie,” Biden said. He soon added, “Goebbels and the great lie. You keep repeating the lie, repeating the lie.”
Joseph Goebbels was a close ally of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi’s propaganda chief. The statement attributed to him is: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”