American Opinion: From pumping fist to coward on the run: Jan. 6 video shows Missouri who Josh Hawley really is – West Central Tribune

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley is a laughing stock.

American Opinion

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During Thursday night’s televised hearings of the House Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, coup attempt on the United States Capitol, Representative Elaine Luria played a video of the young Missouri senator who will surely follow the rest of his life.

In the clip, Hawley runs down a hallway as he and his fellow senators are evacuated after insurgents break into the Capitol building. When he crossed the screen,

the audience in the room with the committee burst into laughter.

Of course, Twitter immediately fell out. Hawley’s name was the No. 1 trending topic in politics that night as users shared the hashtag #HawlinAss along with GIFs of a galloping Forrest Gump.

“From now on, if political reporters ask Josh Hawley if he intends to run, he’s

will have to ask them to clarify

one joked.

A hallmark Hawley issue is masculinity – as in the few American men who seem to have it these days. It’s a frequent topic in his speeches and on his podcast, where the “left’s attack on manhood” is a grave threat to our society. Regnery Publishing is about to release its book ”

Virility: The Masculine Virtues America Needs

Next year. Twitter didn’t see much bravado as they shunned the crowd on Luria’s video.

But as funny as the visual is, there is absolutely nothing funny about January 6, 2021. A

A bipartisan Senate report concluded that seven people died

following the attack. Two other Metropolitan Police officers committed suicide shortly afterwards. About 150 law enforcement personnel were injured, and it is impossible to know how many more people caught up in this horrific event will bear lifelong scars, both bodily and mental.

We said that day that

Hawley has blood on his hands for his role in perpetuating the lies

that drove thousands of people to violence. It remains true.

Beyond the physical toll, however, is the damage that January 6 continues to inflict on our democracy and our common sense of truth. The House committee consistently demonstrates how too many Republicans in Donald Trump’s orbit allowed him to incite the riot, which he promised in advance “will be wild”, and then were unable to do so. having his fans call back until unimaginable damage has already been done. been done.

Hawley became one of the defining figures of this era. A famous photo taken by Francis Chung shows him raising his fist in solidarity with the crowd that would soon smash windows and assault law enforcement. Luria said a Capitol Police officer who was there told the committee that Hawley’s gesture “upset the crowd and it bothered them a lot because he was doing it in a safe space protected by the officers. and barriers”.

And later that day, when the Senate reconvened after the halls of the Capitol were cleared and secured, Hawley rose to be the first voice calling for millions of American votes cast fairly and legally to be thrown out. for the legitimate winner in a presidential election. And never forget: he was joined in his campaign to reject the ballots by Kansas Senator Roger Marshall.

Chung’s photo of Hawley and his salute has become iconic. Taking a page from Trump’s playbook, Hawley adopted the famous image, blatantly violating copyright laws by slapping it on camouflaged T-shirts and beer koozies, and selling them on the fundraising website for his political campaign.

Image owner Politico sent a cease and desist

demanding that the merchandise be withdrawn from sale. Of course, Hawley refused – a shameful and shameless defiance in equal measure.

Shame, clearly, is not a motivating factor for a number of Republicans still caught up in Trumpworld. Hawley never apologized for trying to reinstate a man who everyone around him knew had lost the election, as testimonies confirm. The Yale and Stanford graduate surely isn’t gullible enough to believe the cowardly lies about tampering with voting machines and the dead voting on social media.

We now know that Hawley’s conscience won’t suddenly make him do the right thing and tell the Jan. 6 committee what he knew and when he knew it. But as GOP Rep. Liz Cheney said Thursday when announcing more public hearings to come: ”

Doors opened, new subpoenas were issued and the dam began to break. … We have a lot more to do

. The committee has kept its promises so far.

Since Trump left office, numerous insiders have revealed in interviews and disclosures that the administration really is as unethical and chaotic as its worst critics have always claimed. (Gee, thanks guys, but why couldn’t you get back before the damage was done?) History won’t look kindly on the dead ends that continued to defend Trump long after it became apparent that his conduct was indefensible. When Cheney says more birds are singing, believe her.

Senator Josh Hawley might not fear a little mockery for his hasty escape from the Capitol marauders. But he might be justified if he’s afraid of emails or text messages that some previously loyal staffers might consider handing over to the House committee. Stay tuned to audiences.

This American Opinion editorial is the opinion of the editorial board of the Kansas City Star.

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