Politics Hawley Defends His Fist Pump to Protesters before the Capitol Riot

01:20  05 may  2021
01:20  05 may  2021 Source:   nationalreview.com

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Hawley called it a 'slur' to lump everyone who came to Washington on January 6 with those who participated in violent, criminal acts of the riot . 'Throughout all last summer we heard over and over it's important to distinguish between the peaceful protesters [at] the BLM protests and the rioters,' he said. Hawley argued that demonstrators who showed up to see President Donald Trump speak on January 6 shouldn't be lumped in with the individuals who engaged in violent acts during the Capitol riot . Responding to the photo of him greeting protestors outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 with a fist

Hawley was among the Republicans who still voted against certifying Biden’s election win when Congress resumed voting in the evening after the riot . He maintains that he wasn’t going to allow the “lawless criminal mob” to affect his plans to raise “concerns about election integrity.” Hawley also spoke about the direction of the Republican Party, which he suggested is still very much Trump’s party. Asked about the pending decision from Facebook on whether to allow Trump back on the platform, Hawley said Trump’s influence over the party doesn’t depend on his social media.

Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) on Tuesday defended his fist pump to protesters outside of the Capitol on January 6, calling it a “slur” to conflate peaceful demonstrators with the rioters who stormed the building later that day.

Josh Hawley wearing a suit and tie: Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.,) during Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, D.C., February 22, 2021 © Demetrius Freeman/Reuters Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.,) during Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, D.C., February 22, 2021

The Capitol riots came as a joint session of Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 election. Hawley, who led efforts to challenge the results, was the subject of severe backlash in the aftermath of the Capitol attack for both his role in questioning the election results and the now-infamous picture depicting his fist pump toward protesters.

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Josh Hawley has defended himself in a newspaper op-ed after he was accused of inciting last week's siege of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of MAGA supporters. The Republican Senator penned the piece for the Southeastern Missourian on Thursday, explaining why he objected to certifying Joe Biden's Hawley claimed he was acting on behalf of his constituents who had expressed concerns about voter fraud and the integrity of the election. The Senator began his piece by attempting to point out Democrat hypocrisy on the issue, saying left-wing politicians had often objected to the Electoral College vote

His participation in the riot led lawmakers in his home state to consider cutting off his access to the West Virginia statehouse. But within a week of the riot , he had resigned. He is facing federal charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct. He has identified himself in media interviews as a Black Lives Matter supporter, but rejects any association with antifa, a loosely affiliated group of far-left protesters . Following the death of George Floyd last year, Mr Sullivan founded an activist group in Utah that advocates for racial justice.

“That was as I was entering the House chamber the morning of the 6th,” Hawley told the Washington Post Live. “Those were demonstrators who were out there on the plaza, on the far end of the plaza … standing behind barricades, waving American flags.”

“Some of them were calling, so I gestured toward them,” he added. “They had every right to be there. … When I walked by that particular group of folks were standing there peacefully behind police barricades.”

Asked if he regretted his fist bump, which many took to be a show of solidarity, Hawley said he did not. He called it a “slur” to group the demonstrators with rioters who attacked the Capitol later in the day.

“No, because I don’t know which of those protesters if any of them … participated in the criminal riot,” Hawley said.

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In the wake of the recent Capitol riot in the US, coupled with new information from the FBI that suggests all 50 state capitals could soon be under siege, political figures across the country are calling for legislation that could greatly expand the powers of law enforcement and stifle freedom of speech and assembly. In Bari’s case, would it have made any clear sense to provide Agent Doyle and his FBI colleagues with even more discretionary power? Would it have been a victory for society to simply criminalize the environmental movement altogether in order to stop such incidences from taking place?

Liz Cheney defends fist bump with Biden. "Evidence growing that fascist ANTIFA orchestrated Capitol attack with clever mob control tactics Gaetz was more specific Wednesday night when he cited, on the House floor -- and to loud boos from his Democratic colleagues The article said that a facial recognition firm, XRVision, "claims Antifa infiltrated Trump protesters who stormed Capitol ."

Hawley was the first senator to announce he would formally challenge the election results in Congress, leading to pushback from other GOP senators, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.)

“The Constitution gives Congress a limited role. We cannot simply declare ourselves a national Board of Elections on steroids,” McConnell said at the time in response to efforts to challenge the results. “The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken. If we overrule them all, it would damage our republic forever.”

When Congress reconvened after an hours-long break due to the Capitol riot, Hawley still moved forward with his challenges to Pennsylvania’s election results.

“I promised my constituents I would, I did and I don’t regret that all all,” Hawley said on Tuesday.

He added that he sees Biden as having been legitimately elected.

“He’s the duly elected president of the United States,” Hawley said.

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