Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who famously elevated his fist to pump up the group of protesters outside the house the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and supported objections to President Biden’s Electoral College victory said Wednesday he does not regret something about that day.
Hawley also informed reporters that the Household pick out committee investigating Jan. 6 is “trolling” him by releasing footage of him jogging swiftly via the Capitol as it was under attack, even nevertheless he elevated his fist earlier in a demonstrate of solidarity to the pro-Trump protesters.
“I do not regret anything I did on that working day,” he reported. “I just take total obligation for my selection and stand by it. I have experienced a yr and a 50 % to feel about it. I really don’t regret filing the objection. I never regret voting the way I did. I really do not regret saluting the crowd.”
He said the crowd exterior the Capitol he saluted on Jan. 6 was “demonstrating peacefully” and experienced a “right to do so.”
“I supported their correct to be there. I really do not assistance the riot. I assume a reporter asked me previously currently, ‘Why did not you be part of the riot?’ Properly, I don’t aid the riot, and I never have. But I don’t guidance their right to be there, and I never regret anything at all,” he reported.
Hawley claimed he hasn’t viewed “a one minute” of the Jan. 6 committee’s hearings but was very well aware of the criticism and mockery directed towards him immediately after the panel aired footage demonstrating him jogging throughout a closely guarded to start with floor hallway for the duration of the attack and then going for walks quickly down a established of stairs in the basement to escape the angry crowd.
“That’s just trolling. They’re just attempting to troll. The cause for that is simply because … following all this time, I even now say that I do not have any regrets, that I would do it once again and it was the right determination,” he mentioned.
Hawley claimed the video aired by the Jan. 6 committee has only stirred up supporters to give a lot more money to his campaign.
“I enjoy all their assist with my fundraising,” he mentioned of Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as nicely as other members of the Jan. 6 committee.
Hawley defended his assistance of objections to the Electoral College or university tally in an op-ed for the Southeast Missourian in which he wrote that “many, a lot of citizens in Missouri have deep concerns about election integrity.”
Questioned by a reporter Wednesday if the footage of his running meant that he feared for his lifetime on Jan. 6, Hawley replied with a chuckle, “This is just a ‘troll Josh Hawley’ endeavor.”