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    After Midterms Disappointment, GOP Senate Heavyweight Blames ‘Washington Republicanism’ for Losses

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    The Republican elite didn’t take long to identify the three causes of the party’s underwhelming performance in the 2022 midterm elections: Trump, Trump, and Trump.

    However, Missouri’s GOP senator Josh Hawley has a different answer. The Senate power player attacked the party establishment in an interview with Fox News on Monday, claiming the poor results were evidence that “Washington Republicanism” needed to “come to an end.”

    Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democratic presidential candidate and guest host on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” was informed by Hawley that “we need good, strong, independent leadership that actually listens to voters and doesn’t just listen to the Washington lobbyists.”

    “I’ll just tell you, when it comes to the GOP, the Washington Republicanism that cares more about Wall Street than it does about working people, it’s time for that to come to an end.”

    Hawley continued by saying that the message from the typical American was clear, and that if the GOP had heeded it, they would have gained control of the Senate and gained additional House seats.

    “What voters are asking us to do is pretty clear: Secure our streets. You know, let’s put new cops on the street, 100,000 of them,” Hawley added. “Secure the borders, stop the indoctrination of our children and bring jobs back to this country.”

    “It used to be, you could support a family on one good wage. You can’t do that anymore in this country because of the ruinous trade policies that unfortunately both parties have supported. That has got to come to an end. Republicans have got to be the party of working people and working class culture,” he continued.

    Instead, the party failed to mobilize the votes required to take back important seats.

    Hawley responded, “If you look at who didn’t show up, Tulsi, you’ve got independents who don’t like Joe Biden and they voted for President Obama back in the day, they voted for President Trump, but they looked at the options this year and they’re like, ‘Eh, I don’t like Biden at all and I don’t like the Democrats, but I don’t trust the Republicans.”

    “Why? Because the Republicans weren’t offering anything, they weren’t saying we’re going to secure the border, they weren’t saying we’ll put cops on the street. We’ve got to go out there and make that case.”

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    “We need new leadership in the Republican Party in Washington,” Hawley added. “This is why I will not support Mitch McConnell for leader. We need new leadership but we also need real convictions. That’s what we have got to be about going forward.”

    Hawley’s pledge not to support the Kentucky Republican for another round as the party’s Senate leader is the latest sign of discontent directed toward McConnell after the poor results in last week’s midterms.

    On Friday, Arizona senatorial candidate Blake Masters slammed the Senate minority leader for failing to direct campaign money at his race against Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly. Kelly would eventually be declared the winner, depriving the GOP of a key potential pickup. CONTINUE READING…

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