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Missouri newspaper hammers Hawley and Blunt: 'Embarrassment to the state'

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch blasted GOP Missouri Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Republican lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban TikTok on federal devices MORE Thursday over their handling of former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE’s impeachment trial, calling it an “embarrassment to the state.”

In an editorial, the Post-Dispatch lambasted the two for voting against allowing the trial to take place and Hawley specifically for what it said was his evasion of responsibility for challenging the results of the presidential election in key states.

Hawley was one of the lawmakers who followed through on Trump's call to challenge the certification of the Electoral College vote in states that he lost to now-President BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE, even after a mob of angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to stop the count.

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Trump's second impeachment trial accuses him of inciting the violence.

"Blunt had the gall to tell reporters that, until a 13-minute video of the Capitol attack was shown to senators on Tuesday, he had never taken so much time to watch what occurred on that 'truly a horrendous day,' " the Thursday editorial says.

The newspaper also ridiculed Hawley for what it says are "form-letter responses" he has sent to constituents asking him about impeachment, saying it has “diverted our attention from critical issues such as the crisis of suicide, rising health care and housing costs, and the lack of internet access in rural areas.”

“It’s just a matter of time before Hawley starts asserting that when he fist-pumped the mob as it swarmed the Capitol on Jan. 6, he was actually fist-pumping his attention to suicide, housing costs and rural internet access,” the editorial states, referring to an image of Hawley making the gesture of solidarity to the assembled crowds as he entered the Capitol hours before the riot.

Hawley was the first senator to announce he would object to some states’ electoral results during the official count. Several more, including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Democrats brace for new 'defund the police' attacks MORE (R-Texas), announced they would join the objection shortly thereafter. A handful of senators who had originally said they would object reversed their decisions after the riots, including Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordRubio and bipartisan group of senators push to make daylight saving time permanent Senate inches toward COVID-19 vote after marathon session Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many MORE (R-Okla.) and then-Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerNBA names Obama alum to be director for social justice initiatives Georgia's top election official looks to shake political drama Collins hits Warnock after All-Star Game pulled: 'Thanks for nothing' MORE (R-Ga.).

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Many of Hawley’s home-state newspapers have been sharply critical of his behavior since the Capitol breach.

In another editorial earlier this month, the Post-Dispatch urged both Blunt and Hawley to vote to convict Trump. Neither is expected to.

“There is no way to credibly argue that Trump protected and defended the Constitution when video evidence shows him directing a mob to storm the Capitol and interrupt constitutionally mandated proceedings to certify the Electoral College result,” the editorial board said.