Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who famously raised his fist to pump up the crowd of protesters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 and supported objections to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory said Wednesday he doesn’t regret anything about that day.
Hawley also told reporters that the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 is “trolling” him by releasing footage of him jogging swiftly though the Capitol as it was under attack, even though he raised his fist earlier in a show of solidarity to the pro-Trump protesters.
“I do not regret anything I did on that day,” he said. “I take full responsibility for my decision and stand by it. I’ve had a year and a half to think about it. I don’t regret filing the objection, I don’t regret voting the way I did. I don’t regret saluting the crowd.
He said the crowd outside the Capitol that he saluted on Jan. 6 “were demonstrating peacefully” and had a “right to do so.”
“I supported their right to be there, I don’t support the riot. I think a reporter asked me earlier today, ‘Why didn’t you join the riot?’ Well, I don’t support the riot, and I never have. But I don’t support their right to be there and I don’t regret anything,” he said.
Hawley said he hasn’t watched “a single minute” of the Jan. 6 committee’s hearings but was well aware of the criticism and mockery directed toward him after the panel aired footage showing him jogging across a heavily guarded first floor hallway during the attack and then walking quickly down a set of stairs in the basement to escape the angry crowd.
“That’s just trolling. They’re just trying to troll. The reason for that is because … after all this time I still say that I don’t have any regrets, that I would do it again and it was the right decision,” he said.
Hawley said the video aired by the Jan. 6 committee has only stirred up supporters to give more money to his campaign.
“I appreciate all their help with my fundraising,” he said of Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and other members of the Jan. 6 committee.
Hawley defended his support of objections to the Electoral College tally in an op-ed for the Southeast Missourian in which he wrote that “many, many citizens in Missouri have deep concerns about election integrity.”
Asked by a reporter Wednesday if the footage of his running meant that he feared for his life on Jan. 6, Hawley replied with a laugh: “This is just a ‘troll Josh Hawley’ attempt.”