Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz were two of the most prominent Republican supporters of Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election. On the day of January 6th, Hawley was photographed saluting the Trump supporters.
While many would be embarrassed by the photo, considering what happened that day, the Missouri senator is seemingly proud. In fact, Hawley has been selling mugs with the picture emblazoned on them for $20. Now Politico is demanding that he stop.
The picture was taken by E&E News photographer Francis Chung. Politico recently purchased E and E.
A spokesperson for Politico told the Hill, “We do not authorize its use by the Hawley campaign for the purpose of political fundraising, which the campaign has been put on notice of by legal counsel. We are eagerly awaiting a response, but in the interim again respectfully ask that the campaign immediately cease and desist unauthorized use of the image.”
Kyle Plotkin, a spokesperson for Hawley, responded, “We haven’t received any correspondence from POLITICO or anyone else, but we are in full compliance with the law. Perhaps POLITICO can show us the correspondence they sent to the many liberal groups who also used the photo.”
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