Former Missouri Sen. John Danforth spent years promoting Josh
Hawley as the future of the Republican Party, a
“once-in-a-generation” candidate destined to contend for the
presidency, perhaps in 2024.
But a day after the riot at the U.S. Capitol left four people
dead, Danforth blamed his former protégé for sparking the
“I thought he was special. And I did my best to encourage people
to support him both for attorney general and later the U.S. Senate
and it was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life,” he said
Thursday. “I don’t know if he was always like this and good at
covering it up or if it happened. I just don’t know.”
Trump is out of office in 13 days. Hawley and Ted Cruz are not.