Defiant Josh Hawley defends THAT punch to the Capitol riot, saying there’s no evidence the group he saluted engaged in ‘criminal’ behavior
- Senator Josh Hawley does not regret giving a clenched fist salute to a group of Trump supporters ahead of the Capitol riot
- “No, because I don’t know which of those protesters – or any of them – those protesters, participated in the criminal uprising,” Hawley said Tuesday.
- Hawley called it a ‘slur’ to lump everyone who came to Washington on January 6 with those who participated in the riot’s violent, criminal acts
- ‘Last summer we heard again and again that it is important to distinguish between the peaceful protesters [at] the BLM protests and the rioters, ”he said
- Hawley recalled that the group of people he saluted was not showing any criminal behavior at the time
- “When I walked by, that particular group of people was standing peacefully there behind police barricades far from the square,” he told the Washington Post.
- Hawley belonged to a group of GOP senators who challenged the votes of the Electoral College in two swing states, reviving the ‘big lie’
Senator Josh Hawley does not regret giving a clenched fist salute to a group of Trump supporters in the run-up to the Capitol riot because, as he explained on Tuesday, there is no evidence that members of that group participated in violent actions.
“No, because I don’t know which of those protesters – or any of them – those protesters, participated in the criminal riot,” Hawley said during a Washington Post Live interview. And I think it’s a stain on the thousands and thousands, tens of thousands of people who came to the Capitol that day to demonstrate peacefully, to lump them in with the criminal rioters and say, ‘oh you guys are basically all the same . ”
The Missouri Republican argued that people who came to Washington, DC on January 6 to see former President Donald Trump speak at the “ Save America ” rally should receive the same treatment as peaceful protesters who took part in Black Lives last summer. Matter protests.
Senator Josh Hawley said he does not regret giving a clenched fist salute to a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump in the run-up to the Capitol riot, saying, “ Don’t know which of those protesters – as one of the them … took part in the criminal riot ‘
Senator Josh Hawley gestured to a group of Trump supporters as he entered the Capitol to challenge the Electoral College’s vote count in two major swing states, reviving the so-called “ big lie. ”
Hawley argued that protesters who showed up on Jan. 6 to see President Donald Trump speak should not be equated with those who engaged in violent acts during the uprising in the Capitol.
Commenting on the photo where he greeted protesters outside the Capitol with a fist pump on Jan. 6, Senator Josh Hawley said (@BuienRadarNL) says it is important to distinguish between peaceful protesters who had the right to be there and those who acted violently. https://t.co/wu4PpX883E pic.twitter.com/5irLGFrlYm
– Washington Post Live (@postlive) May 4, 2021
‘Last summer we heard again and again that it is important to distinguish between the peaceful protesters [at] the BLM protests and the rioters, ”Hawley said. ‘I agreed with that at the time. I said that then. I think the same is true for the ones on January 6. ‘
“The tens of thousands of people who came to Washington, the vast majority of whom are peaceful,” he added.
Hawley recalled that the group of people he saluted was not showing any criminal behavior at the time.
“When I walked by, that particular group of people was standing peacefully there behind police barricades far from the square,” he said. “And I waved at them, put their thumbs up, pumped my fist and thanked them for being there, and they had every right to do so,” he added.
Hawley was the first United States Senator to sign a House Republican plan to contest Electoral College votes in some swing states during Congress’ certification process on Jan. 6.
Scholars believe that Congress does not have the de facto authority to reverse the election during the January 6 constitutionally mandated session, but the move – pushed by Trump – breathed new life into the so-called “ big lie. ”
Trump has made false claims about the election for months, insisting that he was stolen from a second term in office.
When rioters raided the Capitol, House members and senators were back in their respective chambers because Hawley and others had contested the votes of Arizona’s Electoral College.
After the riot, when the counting resumed, Hawley again delayed the end of the day by hours by also forcing a vote on the Pennsylvania electoral college count.