Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), one of a handful of Republican senators to support challenges to 2020 presidential election result, said that had there been a recorded vote on a resolution to honor Capitol workers on Jan. 6, he would have voted “no.”
“I am grateful for the service of all Capitol personnel who come to work every day to help operate the workings of Congress and keep Members safe. However, this resolution has been written to score cheap partisan political points,” Hawley said, whose statement was included in Thursday’s Congressional Record.
The Missouri Republican said that he was voting against it because he argued it contained inaccuracies about the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack and went after Republicans over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It attacks Republicans for their response to COVID–19, and it contains falsehoods, such as the incorrect assertion that the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was perpetuated by ‘violent insurrectionists,’'” Hawley said. “Not a single person from that day has been charged with the crime of insurrection.”
Hawley argued that he did support Capitol personnel and believed that Congress should honor them, but not through the current resolution.
Hawley’s statement comes more than a week since the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot, in which supporters of former President Trump stormed the Capitol to try to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 Electoral College vote.
The Missouri Republican made headlines after a photo circulated of him raising his fist in support to Trump supporters were at the Capitol that day. Hawley said he did not regret his decision to make the gesture.
“That was as I was entering the House chamber the morning of the 6th,” Hawley told The Washington Post Live last May. “Those were demonstrators who were out there on the plaza, on the far end of the plaza … standing behind barricades, waving American flags.”
“Some of them were calling, so I gestured toward them,” he added. “They had every right to be there. … When I walked by that particular group of folks were standing there peacefully behind police barricades.”