Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) joined Washington Post technology policy reporter Cat Zakrzewski to discuss his new book, "The Tyranny of Big Tech,” his plan to break up tech companies and the Republican Party in the post-Trump era.

Highlights

Sen. Josh Hawley says he condemns the actions of the insurrectionists on Jan. 6. “Those who committed acts of violence, those who committed acts of crime on that day of Jan. 6, they deserve to go to prison, and I don’t care what their justification is…” (Washington Post Live)
When asked what his message is to Americans who still don’t believe President Biden was elected, Sen. Josh Hawley said, “He’s the duly elected president of the United States. This is why we had the certification process. We had that process, I raised my objection, other senators raised their objections,…but that process is over. The electoral votes have been counted, and Joe Biden is president.” (Washington Post Live)
Sen. Josh Hawley says he doesn’t regret greeting protestors with a fist pump as he was entering the House chambers on Jan. 6, explaining that it’s important to distinguish peaceful demonstrators from those who later stormed the Capitol. “They had every right to be there. They had every right to demonstrate under the First Amendment…What nobody has the right to do, is to do so violently. But when I walked by, that particular group of folks were standing there peacefully behind police barricades.” (Washington Post Live)
The Facebook Oversight Board is expected to announce Wednesday whether Facebook can uphold its suspension of former president Donald Trump or if it has to allow him back on the site. Sen. Josh Hawley said, “Well, I think it’s sad that right now in our country that the free speech that Americans enjoy basically depends on the whims of monopoly corporations. I have no idea how this board really operates; no one does. And this is the Facebook Supreme Court as Facebook has sometime called it. You know, I don’t think any one company should have this kind of power over speech, over data, over news and information.“ (Washington Post Live)
Sen. Josh Hawley says he believes Section 230 immunity should be withdrawn for companies that use behavioral advertising, adding that he hopes he can get bipartisan support on the issue. “I think that type of advertising is so destructive, and the surveillance that goes into it is so dangerous. I think we ought to withdraw Section 230 immunity for any company that permits, engages or sells behavioral advertising or engages in the sort of algorithmic amplification that’s behind it, and I would hope that could get bipartisan support. “ (Washington Post Live)
Sen. Josh Hawley says he voted against the anti-Asian hate crime bill because he felt parts of it were anti-free speech. “I think it is a mistake to give the government the power to define offensive speech, and to track it, and to monitor it, and collect it. I think that’s a big, big problem.” (Washington Post Live)

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)

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Raised in rural Missouri, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley previously served as Missouri’s Attorney General. There he earned a reputation for taking on the big and the powerful to protect Missouri workers and families. He has battled big government and big business, special interests, organized crime, and anyone who would threaten the well-being of Missourians.

A native of small town Lexington, Missouri in rural Lafayette County, Senator Hawley graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City. After graduating from Stanford University in 2002 and Yale Law School in 2006, he moved back home to mid-Missouri with his wife, Erin, where they started a family. They are the proud parents of three young children: Elijah, Blaise, and Abigail.

Senator Hawley is recognized as one of the nation’s leading constitutional lawyers. He has litigated at the Supreme Court of the United States, the federal courts of appeals, and in state court, fighting for the people’s liberties. He previously fought Obamacare at the Supreme Court — and won — as one of the lead attorneys in the landmark Hobby Lobby case. He was also a lead attorney in the Hosanna-Tabor case at the Supreme Court, protecting the rights of churches.

Since taking office, Senator Hawley has been a leading champion in Congress for working families. He’s worked across the aisle to deliver protections for kids online, led the fight for direct payments to working people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and taken steps to crack down on predatory landlords. Senator Hawley has also rolled out proposals to protect American workers from foreign trade cheating, especially from China, and has been an advocate for ending the offshoring of jobs and boosting manufacturing the United States.

Senator Hawley has taken on corporate special interests to level playing field for the American worker as well. He boldly stood up to the abuses of Big Tech and Wall Street and has worked to reign in the power of these mega companies while championing innovation, entrepreneurship, and small businesses. Senator Hawley has also worked to keep our communities safe by confronting illegal immigration, and challenging big opioid manufacturers and human traffickers – during his time as the former Attorney General of Missouri and in the U.S. Senate. As a fierce defender of the Constitution, Senator Hawley is committed to protecting Missourians’ First and Second Amendment rights.

Senator Hawley serves on the Senate Committees on the Judiciary, Armed Services, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.