Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Thursday, Dec. 31, reiterated that he would not back down from his plan to contest Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, despite pressure from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and others. 

McConnell held a conference call with Senate Republicans on Thursday in which he pressed Hawley on his plan for the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress. However, Hawley reportedly wasn’t present. 

“McConnell has expressed concern that GOP senators up for re-election in ’22 will be forced to take a vote on a seemingly pointless endeavor that will imperil them either in a general or primary election,” tweeted Politico’s Alex Isenstadt. 

In response to McConnell, Hawley reminded him that Democrats have contested past Republican Electoral College victories, and over 74 million Americans’ voices matter, according to Isenstadt’s tweet.

“I was unable to join this morning’s call, but I understand the leader gave me the opportunity to share my concerns regarding the upcoming joint session.

“If you’ve been speaking to folks at home, I’m sure you know how deeply angry and disillusioned many, many people are—and how frustrated that Congress has taken little or no action. I want to thank Ron Johnson for holding a hearing on election irregularities,” Hawley wrote.

“I strongly believe there should be a full-fledged congressional investigation and also a slate of election integrity legislation. I intend to object during the certification process on Jan. 6 in order to force these issues to the fore and to point out the unprecedented failure of the states like Pennsylvania to follow their own election laws and the unprecedented efforts of the big tech corporations to interfere with this election,” he added.

On Thursday, Hawley became the first senator to publicly announce that he will contest Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s slate of electors in disputed states where allegations of widespread voter fraud have emerged.

“Somebody has to stand up here. You got 74 million Americans who feel disenfranchised, who feel their vote doesn’t matter, and this is one opportunity that I have as United States senator—this process right here—one opportunity to stand up to say something, and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do,” Hawley said during a Thursday interview with Fox News.

According to the National File, at least 140 Republican House members now intend to join the effort to challenge the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6. 

President Donald Trump on Thursday praised Hawley and other Republicans who voiced their support for election integrity. 

“America is proud of Josh and the many others who are joining him. The USA cannot have fraudulent elections!” the president wrote on Twitter.