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Jan. 6 clip of Josh Hawley fleeing Capitol rioters proves he’s an opportunist

Washington is full of tough people. Currently, there are 91 members of Congress with military experience. Additionally, there are several former first responders: two former sheriffs, a police chief, three other police officers, a former fire chief, and a former firefighter. There are also two former CIA employees and an FBI agent.

Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri isn’t one of Washington’s tough guys, but he’s certainly tried to mold himself as one.

Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri isn’t one of Washington’s tough guys, but he’s certainly tried to mold himself as one.

Perhaps the most significant way he attempted this was by being the first senator to announce his opposition to the Electoral College vote count in December 2020 – a stance he never changed from even after activists supporting Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, killing several people in their wake.

But during Thursday’s prime-time Jan. 6 hearing, the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot showed the world that Hawley was a national coward when he presented footage of the senator taken during the January 6 attack.

The same senator educated at prep school, Stanford and Yale, who was photographed with his fist raised the morning of Jan. 6 in a show of solidarity with the feverish MAGA crowds gathering around the Capitol, was then filmed sprinting desperately. away from the rioters as they descended on the Capitol.

For effect, the House committee on Jan. 6 even rewound the clip, played it back in slow motion, and shone the spotlight on the senator in his tight-fitting suit rushing in a panic.

It wasn’t a good look for Hawley, but it was perhaps the most honest the American public had seen yet from this young politician with rabid presidential aspirations. The footage showed Hawley as nothing more than a crass opportunist. He was fine with raising his fists at Trump supporters when he was securely ensconced behind security and metal barricades, but as they closed in on him, that was a different story.

And that pretty much sums up the entirety of Hawley’s rise on the national political stage – one in which he made a model of the ruffled feathers of fellow Republicans and bit his mentors in the back as he slashed his way through path to national notoriety.

But Thursday’s footage, in just seconds, accomplished what his political opponents have been unable to do since Hawley showed up in Washington: show he is an impostor.

Although he eventually resolved to condemn the violence of the insurgency, Hawley never backed down from his position that the election was stolen – despite there being absolutely no evidence to back it up. of these assertions.

As a former attorney general and clerk of the Supreme Court with impeccable academic credentials, Hawley also knows these claims are unfounded, but he chooses to ignore the truth in pursuit of his personal political ambitions, taking advantage of these lies as a way to get comfortable. the MAGA base of the party. “I will never apologize for giving voice to the millions of Missourians and Americans who are concerned about the integrity of our elections,” Hawley said in a statement a day after violent Trump supporters violated the Capitol.

Naturally, the internet seized on Hawley’s ridicule and memorized his sprint to safety at the Capitol, even setting up leads about clips of Hawley on the run. My favorite is The Lincoln Project version, with Hawley sprinting to the tune of “Running With the Devil”, though late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert’s choice of a cartoon sound effect came in second.

In response to all of this attention in the current news cycle, Hawley unsurprisingly shows no shame in doing what he did throughout the November 2020 post-election imbroglio – leveraging his new found fame. meme to raise funds for his campaign.

On Friday morning, he began peddling a new 11-ounce ceramic coffee mug on which his famous fist in the air is accompanied by a macho riff from the Missouri state motto: show me strong!

Given everything that’s happened in the past 18 months, it’s easy to forget the pivotal role Hawley played in supporting Trump’s efforts to reverse the peaceful transfer of power — especially when the senator has always a job in Washington. But regardless of the repercussions of Thursday night’s video in his home state of Missouri, Hawley’s new highlight reel didn’t do well in his workplace.

His Jan. 6 antics, including his now infamous escapade, made him the butt of endless jokes in Washington. Thursday’s courtroom erupted in laughter after seeing his mad dash past Capitol police for safety – not exactly reflecting the “tough guy” image he had cultivated as a hopeful. presidential.


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