January 6, 2021

In a damning editorial, The Kansas City Star blasted Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, one of GOP lawmakers who planned to object to Wednesday’s congressional certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

The Star’s editorial board wrote, “No one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible for Wednesday’s coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol.”

The editorial went on to say, “Hawley’s actions in the last week had such impact that he deserves an impressive share of the blame for any blood that’s shed.”

Hawley was the first to say he was going to object to the electoral college certification.

The Star’s board also took aim at some of its readers by writing, “No doubt plenty of Americans will see even this free-for-all in the temple of democracy as defensible. And those of you who have excused all of the brazen lawlessness of this administration can take a little bit credit for these events, too. They couldn’t have done it without you.”

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Tom Jones is Poynter’s senior media writer for He was previously part of the Tampa Bay Times family during three stints over some 30…
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