The Democratic boxer, along with former Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, failed to challenge George W. Bush’s victory against Democratic challenger John Kerry in Ohio in early 2005. At the time, Boxer argued that Republicans were involved in repressing voters, which contributed to Bush’s victory.
Earlier this week, Hawley vowed to challenge Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania and other warring states, accusing local officials of failing to follow their own election laws. The boxer dismissed claims that his past action set a precedent for Howley’s challenge.
“Congresswoman Stephanie Taps-Jones and I can’t compare to what I did in ’05,” boxer CNN reported. “First, John Kerry agreed to the race. We have a president here to remove the election. Second, we said before that we had no interest in overturning the election. We saw it in Ohio.”
Congress convenes on Jan. 6 to review the results of the Electoral College vote and certify Pitton as the next president. Howley’s objection will force both chambers of Congress to discuss the merits of his challenge, but some Republicans are expected to join him.
The boxer, who said he had no regrets about pursuing his challenge to the 2004 election results, said his move “had nothing to do with sabotaging the election.”
“We took an hour to talk about an issue and then it exploded on the scene, which was really a valuable moment in a way,” the boxer said. “No, why should I regret spending an hour on the right to vote? No, not at all. These Republicans are going to lie about it. If they say it’s the same, it’s up to them, sorry they do it.”
In a lengthy statement explaining the rationale behind his objection, Hadley said “mega corporations” such as Facebook had taken “unprecedented” steps to support Biden’s presidential initiative. Howley and other GOP leaders have accused technology companies of censoring negative reports about Biden and conservative views. Technology companies are pushing back and claiming that their policies are implemented regardless of political policies and that they are used equally across the board.