Lincoln Project Turns Fire on Josh Hawley after 'Muzzling of America' Column

Under fire Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is facing criticism from The Lincoln Project after he further bemoaned cancel culture as a reason behind recent criticism in a column for The New York Post.

Hawley has faced a backlash in recent weeks following the violence of January 6 sparked by Donald Trump supporters disputing the presidential election outcome, with his own opposition to Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania questioned.

Having been met with calls to resign and a book deal cancellation, Hawley has suggested he and others under such scrutiny are the victims of cancel culture from the left. He is one of several Republicans to point to this.

In his The New York Post column, which made the front page in print and was headlined "It's time to stand up against the muzzling of America" online, Hawley furthers this canceled narrative and urges conservatives to join him in standing against it.

"The cancel culture agenda will only succeed if we let it. We need live in fear only if we choose to say nothing. In this time of testing, conservatives must not shrink back. We need to stand up for the right of every American to be heard," he wrote.

Expanding on his own situation, he referred to his objection to Pennsylvania's Electoral College votes and said: "Maybe you agree with me. Maybe you don't. But whatever your view, corporate America's rush to cancel those it dislikes should trouble you."

After being shared online and social media members of The Lincoln Project, a group which targeted Donald Trump throughout his election campaign and continues to attack his allies, pounced upon Hawley's comments.

The group retweeted Hawley's post of the column and wrote: "Resign."

Jennifer Horn, a co-founder of The Lincoln Project, sent another one word reply to Hawley: "Traitor."

While Reed Galen, another of the group's co-founders, wrote: "@HawleyMO, you're a constitutional lawyer. It is the right of every private citizen to redress the grievances. @ProjectLincoln and millions of Americans hold you accountable. You may want to be a dictator but you're not one yet."

The group has previously been critical of Hawley, turning focus on him and other lawmakers who backed Trump's election fraud claims. The former president suggested widespread fraud and irregularities led to his defeat, though there is no evidence of any such occurrences on a scale which would have changed the election outcome.

As well as pressure from groups such as The Lincoln Project, Hawley has faced a backlash from political adversaries. There have also been calls for him to not be able to hold committee positions.

Newsweek has contacted Hawley's office and The Lincoln Project for further comment.

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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021. He has faced continued criticism after objecting to Pennsylvania's Electoral College votes. Drew Angerer/Getty Images