In honor of the Fourth of July, a major Missouri
newspaper went after the enemies of American democracy
: many Republican legislators, led by the state's own GOP
Sen. Josh Hawley
“Americans of all political stripes should be able to agree that elections
must be accessible and fair, that the legitimacy of those elections must be respected regardless of outcome — and that violence is never an acceptable response from citizens who don’t like a particular election result,” wrote the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch in an editorial.
Despite this, a “majority of Republicans
continue to believe the corrosive lie that Joe Biden
is an illegitimate president
.... [an] inherently un-American mindset,” according to the report.
’s political polarization is so deep and toxic that many people
believe that any electoral victory by the opposing party is intrinsically illegitimate and should be met with any means necessary, including tactics outside the Constitution.”
The “lasting danger
” of the violent Capitol
storming on Jan. 6 is the “contempt for electoral democracy that the episode has exposed on America’s political right,” the editorial warned.
That disdain was revealed by the 147 Republicans in Congress
— “led by Missouri’s own Sen. Josh Hawley” — who, having “just witnessed firsthand the violence that Trump
’s big vote-fraud lie had visited upon the seat of government, further promoted that lie, voting
to overturn a valid election based on nothing but their supporters’ disdain for the outcome.”
(On Jan. 6, Hawley was photographed encouraging people at the Capitol by raising his fist.)
Republicans’ failure to “hold Trump accountable for what was arguably the most impeachable thing any sitting president has ever done”... and GOP lawmakers blocking an investigation
into the Jan. 6 violence, according to the editorial, revealed their contempt for democracy.
“Many words come to mind to describe one of America’s two major political parties’ actions, but “patriotic” is nowhere among them,” it slammed.
On “this of all days, Americans should remember that in a democracy, there is only one legitimate means of change: free and fair elections. Protecting that institution is patriotic; undermining it isn’t — ever.”
The full St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial can be found here.