Danforth: Electoral college challenge ‘highly destructive’


FILE – In this May 5, 2017 file photo, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth speaks at the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis in St. Louis. Danforth is critical of efforts by Sen. Josh Hawley, of Missouri, and others in Congress to challenge Democrat Joe Biden’s election win. Danforth, a former three-term senator from Missouri, called the effort a “highly destructive attack on our constitutional government.” Danforth has previously been a long-time supporter of Hawley, backing his successful runs for Missouri attorney general in 2016 and the U.S. Senate in 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

O’FALLON, Mo. — Former Sen. John Danforth says the effort by Sen. Josh Hawley and others to challenge Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory is a “radical” and “highly destructive attack.”

The written statement from the 84-year-old three-term Republican senator was especially stinging since Danforth has long been a supporter of Hawley. Danforth publicly backed Hawley’s successful runs for Missouri attorney general in 2016 and the Senate in 2018.

Hawley was the first Republican senator to say he would join several House Republicans in objecting to state Electoral College tallies. Since then, 11 other Republican senators and senators-elect have joined President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the November election.

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