Josh Hawley lamented Sunday of the fallout he’s received after voting to object to the Electoral College results on January 6 even after a violent mob stormed the Capitol – which Democrats are blaming on Donald Trump and his allies for ‘incitement for insurrection.’
‘The cancel culture agenda will only succeed if we let it,’ Hawley penned in an op/ed published in the New York Post Sunday evening as he said the ‘woke left’ is trying to ‘cancel’ him.
‘It’s time to stand up against the muzzling of America,’ he titled his opinion article.
The Missouri Republican, who during Trump’s presidency was one of his most staunch allies in the Senate, has faced calls for resignation from his colleagues in Congress after going forward with voting against Joe Biden‘s win in Pennsylvania.
Also on Monday, Hawley lashed out in a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee, lodging a complaint against his Democratic colleagues after they filed an ethics complaint against him.
‘Most astonishingly, the Democrats who filed the complaint against me insinuate — without any evidence whatsoever — that I or my staff may have conspired with the criminals who stormed the Capitol,’ Hawley wrote in his letter. ‘In most jurisdictions, such statements would constitute defamation.’
Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley claimed in a Sunday op/ed that corporate America, Big Tech and the ‘woke left’ are trying to ‘cancel’ him because he would not ‘conform’ and objected to the election results on January 6 despite a mob storming the Capitol
The New York Post published Hawley’s op/ed where he demanded: ‘It’s time to stand up against the muzzling of America’
Outrage against Hawley specifically ensued after an image went viral of the 41-year-old senator holding up a fist at pro-Trump protesters who descended on the Capitol – with critics suggested the senator was encouraging the violent demonstration meant to prevent Congress from holding a vote on certifying the election for Biden.
‘They tried to reprimand me this month because I didn’t [conform],’ Hawley said of Democrats, corporate America and Big Tech in his op/ed.
‘In my case, it started with leftist politicians demanding I resign from office for representing the views of my constituents and leading a democratic debate on the floor of the Senate,’ he continued.
Hawley won’t face reelection until 2024, prompting many lawmakers to call for him to either resign or be removed now.
‘Taking that cue, a corporate publishing house then canceled a book it had asked me to write,’ Hawley bemoaned. ‘Ironically enough, the book is about political censorship by the most powerful corporations in America.’
He added: ‘Now corporate America is cancelling my political events, because two parties are apparently one too many for their taste.’
Just one day after the Capitol riot, which left five dead, publishing house Simon & Schuster ended its contract with Hawley to publish his book.
The conservative lawmaker, however, reassured his book would still be published by an independent company.
Also in the fallout of the January 6 events, Hawley has seen a huge dip in his donations and has had several fundraising events canceled.
A hotel in Florida canceled Hawley’s $5,000 per-ticket ‘family fun’ fundraiser, which was set to take place in February. Loews Hotel and Universal Orlando only canceled the event after liberal lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder tweeted a photo of a flyer for the event demanding the chain explain why it was hosting an event for a ‘traitor.’
Fighting for Missouri was the host of the would-be event. The Hawley-affiliated political action committee raised more than $272,000 for him in the 2020 election cycle.
Hallmark’s PAC said it requested a $3,000 donation to Hawley be given back less than a week after the violent protest. The company is based in Kansas City, Missouri.
Hawley insisted that he only raised an objection to the results of the presidential election on January 6 because he was representing ‘voters of my state’, who he claims were concerned about the election outcome and how it was reached.
‘Maybe you agree with me. Maybe you don’t,’ Hawley wrote in his op/ed. ‘But whatever your view, corporate America’s rush to cancel those it dislikes should trouble you.’
Hawley, specifically, faced more backlash than his Republican counterparts who also voted to object as an image went viral of him holding up a fist – appearing to encourage the pro-Trump mob as they descended on Capitol Hill
The day after the riot, Simon & Schuster canceled its contract with Hawley to publish his book. The GOP lawmaker called them the ‘woke mob’ and assured Sunday his book on political censorship would still be published by an independent company
The senator announced before the vote was held – and interrupted by protesters – that he would object to the results.
While several Republican lawmakers who initially planned to object to the election changed their mind after the violent display at on Capitol Hill, Hawley, along with dozens of other GOP representatives and senators, went forward with their plans.
Exactly a week after the Capitol storming, the House voted to impeach Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection,’ claiming he was to blame for riling up his supporters before they marched from a rally at the Ellipse in front of the White House to the Capitol.
There are also several open and pending investigations into the events, including a probe into lawmakers who may have conspired or helped organizers and activists get familiar with the Capitol before they descended on it earlier this month.