MSNBC’s Hasan: Josh Hawley Could Be the Next Trump, Someone ‘Amoral’ But ‘Smarter and Savvier’

‘Hawley is also a calculating politician who many believe is positioning himself for a presidential run in the post Trump era’

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HASAN: “Good evening from Washington, D.C. I’m Mehdi hassan in for Chris Hayes. Throw weeks from now Donald Trump will no longer be president, and a lot of people will be breathing a huge sigh of relief. But one of the big worries for many of us is what happens when the next Trump comes along, someone who appeals to the base and is just as amoral and cynical as Trump, but who is smarter and savvier. Well, today we got something like an official candidate announcement for that role. It came from Missouri Republican senator Josh Hawley, who casts himself as a reformist and a populist, a young senator willing to break with the old ideas and the old elites in charge of both parties. Hawley partnered with Bernie Sanders in calling for $2,000 Covid relief checks after Trump took that stance, and some of his positions, including his very justified attacks on the power of big tech are shared by many on the left. But Hawley is also a calculating politician who many believe is positioning himself for a presidential run in the post Trump era. And he has decided that the best way to do that is to show that he is willing to overturn a democratic election. And American democracy itself in order to keep Republicans in power. Hawley announcing today that he will object to the certification of some states’ Electoral College results on January 6th when Congress is scheduled to ratify Joe Biden’s very legitimate victory.”

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