Josh Hawley Wants To Wreck America’s Economy To Own the Libs
It was touted as a speech outlining how America should reform the global economy and stand up to China, but Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday were directed at a decidedly domestic audience.
Hawley is a rising star among Republicans jockeying to be the heir apparent to President Donald Trump as the party’s nationalist standard-bearer. The 40-year-old senator has seized on the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to advance the anti-China hawkishness that helped Trump win the White House in 2016. On Wednesday he outlined a Trump-like platform based on acting tough, blowing up international institutions, and building on economic illiteracy.
It was, in short, a speech meant to appeal to the Make America Great Again crowd rather than a serious attempt at charting a new direction for America.
“The international order as we have known it for 30 years is breaking,” Hawley intoned with senatorial gravitas. Later, he rhetorically asked if Americans are “willing to witness the slow undoing of the free world.”
But that’s an odd way of framing the debate, considering Hawley wants completely undo the U.S.-led agreements that make free trade possible. Along with China, the current target of his crusade is the World Trade Organization (WTO), the most visible entity of the largely invisible global economic system that Hawley maligns. It is this system of freely exchanged goods across national borders that Hawl
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