Josh Hawley says he does NOT regret his January 6 fist pump – and thanks his supporters for their fundraising after committee aired footage of him running through Capitol
- Senator Josh Hawley said Wednesday that he doesn’t regret pumping his first on January 6 at the crowd attacking the Capitol
- ‘It’s a privilege to be attacked by the January 6 committee,’ he said
- Added: ‘I want to say thank you for all the help with my fundraising’
- Hawley shared a link Friday to where supporters could buy a $20 coffee mug depicting him outside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 with his fist in the air
Josh Hawley says he doesn’t regret pumping his fist at the Trump supporters storming the Capitol on January 6 even after video was shared of him running through the halls the day of the attack.
‘I don’t regret anything I did on that day,’ he told CNN in a quick stop-by interview at the Capitol Wednesday.
The House January 6 select committee released footage during its ‘series finale’ hearing Thursday showing two different angles of Hawley running through the Capitol as protesters stormed the complex last year.
Laughter erupted in the hearing room when the videos were played – and Hawley immediately jumped on the fundraising potential by pushing coffee mugs with the image of him with his fist raised.
Senator Hawley also said that he isn’t worried about the ‘attempted troll’ from the January 6 committee.
‘It’s a privilege to be attacked by the January 6 committee,’ he said. ‘And I want to say thank you for all the help with my fundraising. It’s been tremendous.’
Senator Josh Hawley said Wednesday that he doesn’t regret pumping his first on January 6 at the crowd attacking the Capitol
The January 6 select committee shared an image of Hawley with his fist raised in the air on the day of the Capitol attack last year
The panel also showed never-before-seen footage of Hawley running through the Capitol during the riot
‘The reason I’m being attacked by the January 6 committee is because I’m in their way,’ he added.
Virginia Democratic Representative Elaine Luria said during Thursday’s hearing that the select committee had spoken to a Capitol Police officer about the moment. That officer said, according to the panel member, that it ‘bothered her greatly’ to see a politician ‘riling up the crowd.’
‘The stand that I took is one that I don’t regret and one that I won’t back down from,’ Hawley said Wednesday of that moment.
The Missouri senator shared a link to Twitter Friday – the day after the hearing – where supporters could buy a $20 coffee mug depicting Hawley outside the U.S. Capitol that day.
One image shows him swiftly walking down the stairs to the congressional subway that shuffled lawmakers, staff and press to Senate office buildings in the midst of the riot
‘It’s a privilege to be attacked by the January 6 committee,’ he said. ‘I want to say thank you for all the help with my fundraising. It’s been tremendous,’ Hawley said on Wednesday. He shared a link Friday to where supporters could buy a $20 coffee mug depicting Hawley outside the U.S. Capitol that day with his fist in the air
‘Josh Hawley – Show-Me Strong,’ the mug reads.
Hawley tweeted out an image of the mug accompanied with a kiss emoji.
The clip showed Thursday at the primetime hearing exhibits a suited Hawley rushing through the hallways of the Capitol Building and down the steps into the basement where a subway shuffles lawmakers, staff and press to Senate office buildings in the midst of the riot.
Hawley fleeing is juxtaposed with the image of him memorably raising his fist in support of the gathering pro-MAGA crowd outside the Capitol earlier in the day on January 6, 2021.
‘As you can see in this photo, he raised his fist in solidarity with the protesters already amassing at the security gates,’ Congresswoman Luria said at the hearing Thursday night, adding that he felt emboldened to do so because he was in a ‘safe space, protected by the officers and the barriers.’
Hawley was one of the first Republicans who said he would publicly object to certifying election results on January 6 of last year.
Following the riot, Simon & Schuster dropped Hawley’s then-upcoming book The Tyranny of Big Tech. The publishing company said it couldn’t ‘support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.’
At the time, Hawley said his fist pump was a way for him to ‘represent my constituents.’