[Commentary] “Drama Queen” Hawley Lies About Protest Outside Virginia Home
It seems like Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley didn’t realize there’s a tape. Monday night the senator, one of the leaders of the pointless and doomed movement to oppose the certification of the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden as president tomorrow, screwed up all of the righteous indignation he could muster and composed a tweet claiming that “Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter.”
He said they “screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door.” Stiffening his Twitter backbone, Hawley became “clear,” vowing “I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence.”
Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 5, 2021
Hawley’s statement is a gross exaggeration of what took place and almost 100% false. Someone with the group of about 15 people shot video from the time they gathered in a strip shopping center parking lot to the time they walked away from his house. Minor point here: his house isn’t in DC. It’s in northern Virginia’s Fairfax County.
There is nothing about the group of 15 people to suggest that they have any connection to “Antifa.” By all appearances they just look to be folks who aren’t too keen on having their votes thrown in the trash by a relevancy-seeking senator with presidential aspirations.
They assembled in front of Hawley’s house and for about 20 minutes used bullhorns to amplify their chants of displeasure about Hawley’s effort to award Donald Trump another term as president. His assertion that they “vandalized” his property is probably based on the fact they wrote “Trump Lost” in chalk on the sidewalk in front of the house. Not exactly on a par with spray painting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s garage door and pouring red paint on her driveway.
“They tried to pound open our door” just never happened. What did happen is one of the protestors left a copy of the Constitution at the front door of the residence, which seems like a kind gesture since Hawley’s Electoral College stunt shows that he’s never read it.
Eventually two county police officers arrived on scene and observed as the group placed a sign that read “Protect Democracy From GOP” at the base of a tree and then walked away.
While some reactions on Twitter were supportive of Hawley, most were more along these lines:
Violence? What violence? There is literally a cop sitting there. Stop being a drama queen Josh. https://t.co/1YysuFfgIf
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) January 5, 2021
Here’s the video the protestors posted to YouTube.