A Senate Republican says his party is ‘dead’ and it’s time for something ‘new’ after a string of deflating midterm losses ensured Democrats will control the Senate for at least another two years.
“The old party is dead,” said Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley in a tweet Saturday night. “It’s time to bury him. Build something new.
Hawley tweeted shortly after Democratic incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada was expected to beat Republican opponent Adam Laxalt in the hotly contested couple race.
Laxalt’s loss comes after Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz lost to Democrat John Fetterman for a Pennsylvania Senate seat and Republican Blake Masters failed to eliminate Democratic Senator Mark Kelly in Arizona.
The House is still up for grabs as a handful of undecided races could determine which party gets the majority.
Hawley previously tweeted other critics of the Republican Party a few days after Election Day, saying, “You can’t expect independent voters to vote Republican unless you give them an agenda they care about. .”
Haley also wrote that “Washington Republicanism lost big” on Election Day due to the failure of priorities.
“When your ‘agenda’ gives in to Big Pharma on insulin, give in to [Dem Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer on gun control and the Green New Deal (“infrastructure”), and tease changes to Social Security and Medicare, you lose,” he said.
“What are Republicans really going to do for workers?” Haley added. “How about, for starters: tougher tariffs on China, relocating American jobs, opening up American energy to full throttle, 100,000 new cops on the streets. Jailbreak the system.
Hawley is among a group of GOP senators pushing to delay a vote on his party’s Senate leadership as current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces a pushback for Republican campaign failures.
He agreed with Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who urged the GOP leadership vote to be postponed, stating in a Friday tweet, “We must first ensure that those who want to lead us are genuinely committed to fighting for the priorities and values of working Americans (of all backgrounds) that have given us great victories in states like Florida.”
Hawley said the leadership vote should be postponed until after Georgia’s runoff election, where Republican Herschel Walker turns to Democratic incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Wyoming Sen. Cynthia Lummis also expressed support for postponing the vote, though a Senate GOP aide told Fox News Digital that the leadership election should go ahead as scheduled.
McConnell also faced backlash from former President Donald Trump for the GOP’s poor showing on Tuesday, while some Republicans lambasted Trump for helping Republicans lose critical races.
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