(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), under partisan attack for arguing against congressional certification of the Electoral College vote, said efforts to silence him -- including the cancellation of a book deal with Simon & Schuster -- show "we've got Big Tech and the big corporations...in league with the left."
And what they're basically saying is, listen, if you don't hold the right opinions, then you're not going to be able to be on social media. You're not going to be able to get a job maybe, or you're not going to be able to communicate. If you -- if you have a small business, you're going to get boycotted.
It is an unbelievable attempt by big business, Big Tech and the left to try to censor all dissent, to try to shut down all opposition to try to silence half of America.
And while the Democrats talk about unity in Washington, they don't want unity. What they want is total control, and these big corporations are right there with them trying to achieve it. And, Sean, we've got to stand up and say, we will not bow down to the mob.
Seven Democrat senators have filed an ethics complaint against Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), for lending "legitimacy to President Trump’s false statements about election fraud by announcing that they would object to the certification of electors on January 6."
According to the complaint, "While it was within Senators’ rights to object to the electors, the conduct of Senators Cruz and Hawley, and potentially others, went beyond that. Both senators announced their intention to object to the electors after baseless claims of election fraud, which...they knew to be baseless, had led to threats of violence. Both senators persisted in their objections after those threats came to fruition. Their actions lend credence to the insurrectionists’ cause and set the stage for future violence. And both senators used their objections for political fundraising."
Some Democrats are calling for the expulsion of the two Republican senators.
But on Monday night, Hawley said he will continue to represent the people of Missouri, "without fear of any mob and without fear of any liberal Democrat who thinks that they can impose their will.
And this is why I say, you know, listen, the First Amendment may protect the right of my Democrat colleagues to slander me and to lie, but it does not give them the right to try to abuse the power of the Senate to silence me and silence Senator Cruz and others.
And I'm just not going to stand for it. I mean, if they think that I'm just going to roll over and say, oh, just go on ahead, abuse the Senate, tear down the Senate, tear down all of our democratic traditions, I am not going to stand for it.
The people of Missouri sent me here to represent them. That's exactly what I'm going to do, and I'm not going to be intimidated by the liberal mob.
Hawley warned that unless conservatives defy the "mob," then "conservatives all across this country will be unable to speak, they'll be unable to do business, they'll be unable to be heard. And we've got to stand up right now and say enough is enough. We will not be intimidated."
On January 4, two days before Congress met to accept the Electoral College results, Hawley told Fox News:
"My point is, this is my only opportunity during this process to raise an objection and to be heard. I don’t have standing to file lawsuits. I’m not a prosecutor anymore. I used to be, but I’m not anymore. I can’t investigate claims of voter fraud on my own, but I do have a responsibility in this joint session of Congress to either say ‘I’ve got no problem with it’ or ‘I do have a problem with it.'”