Josh Hawley’s reaction to being mocked for January 6 ongoing video? fundraising of it. – Kansas City star | Region & Cash

The US House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol showed Thursday night a video of US Senator Josh Hawley fleeing the Senate chamber that quickly spread across the internet, set to theme music and was mocked on late-night television.

The junior senator from Missouri used it in the same way he did all his insurgency-related activities – as an opportunity to raise money for his campaign.

On Friday morning, the Missouri Republican tweeted a link to his campaign website, which sells a white coffee mug with an illustration of Hawley pumping his fist at protesters who later stormed the US Capitol over the words “Show Me Strong.” .

At the top of the link, he added a “kissy face emoji”: a smiley face with pursed lips and a small heart near the mouth.

His office did not respond to a request for comment on the video. The Senate is on recess over the weekend and Hawley is not expected to return to the building until 3:00 p.m. ET Monday.

Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia, presented the clip of Hawley, which runs about halfway through the committee’s prime-time hearing Thursday night, and stressed that former President Donald Trump did not respond when the senators and vice president did Scared enough to run for their lives.

She presented the contrast between the image Hawley projected that day – the raised fist – and his reaction as rioters had reached the second floor of the US Capitol and were approaching him – a headlight-lit Hawley walking with a stiff back and running with a folder in hand. The room erupted in laughter.

Former US Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone, who was assaulted during the riots, told reporters that he saw the amusement in the video but that it upset him.

“The first thought that came to my mind was, ‘Josh Hawley is a bitch and he walked like a bitch,'” Fanone said. “And the fist pump, combined with what he did immediately afterwards, shows true character, or lack thereof.”

While Hawley has said he stands by his objection to confirming the election, the committee has presented little evidence that he was closely involved in Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Instead, he appears to have been able to capitalize on current politics as much of the Republican base believed Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the election was stolen.

Both before and after the January 6 riot on the US Capitol, Hawley used negative publicity to raise money for his campaign fund. He has announced that he will seek re-election in Missouri in 2024, but is widely considered a potential presidential nominee.

He raised money after becoming the first senator to say he would object to certification of the 2020 presidential election, sparking a lengthy vote interrupted by rioters who violently assaulted US Capitol police officers and smashed windows to enter the US Capitol, prompting lawmakers to flee staffers and reporters.

He raised money on the day of the riot just before the Capitol was breached.

He raised money after the initial backlash against the uprising subsided, quadrupling his donations from the previous year.

And he raised money by selling campaign items — coffee mugs, T-shirts, beer koozies of different colors — with a picture of him raising his fist at protesters that day (Hawley said it was “not a pro-riot mug “). ).

US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, criticized Hawley for fundraising even after he fled the Senate.

“Remember: Even after running for his life, Sen. Hawley chose to raise funds by encouraging and fist pumping the violent mob, even selling merchandise of himself to do so from then on.” to do by *this year* — even after Politico, who later acquired the image, sent a cease and desist letter,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter Thursday night.

Hawley has said he is not watching the committee’s hearings and appeared on Fox News during Thursday night’s hearing to speak about illegal immigration.

This story was originally published Jul 22, 2022 9:34 am.

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Daniel Desrochers covers Washington, DC for the Kansas City Star. He previously reported on politics and government for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky and the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia.

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