By Nikki Schwab, Senior U.S. Political Reporter, Dailymail.com
Senator Josh Hawley said he salutes a group of Trump supporters in preparation for a parliamentary riot because there is no evidence that members of the group participated in the violence, as explained Tuesday. I don’t regret it.
“No, I don’t know which of those protesters-if any-were those demonstrators involved in the criminal riots,” Holy said in an interview with The Washington Post. “And I think it’s a slur of thousands, thousands, tens of thousands of people who came to the Capitol that day to protest peacefully and put them together with the criminal rioters. .. “‘
Missouri Republicans came to Washington, DC on January 6 to see former President Donald Trump speak at the “Save America” rally last summer at Black Lives Matter. He insisted that he should be treated the same as the peaceful demonstrators who participated in the protest.
Senator Josh Hawley said he did not regret giving a fist salute to a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump in preparation for the parliamentary riots. … participated in a criminal riot. ”
Senator Josh Hawley gestured to a group of Trump supporters as he headed to the Capitol to challenge the number of votes cast by the Electoral College in two major swing states.
Holi argued that demonstrators who appeared to see President Donald Trump speak on January 6 should not be accompanied by individuals who engaged in violence during the Capitol riots.
Senator Josh Hawley (Senator Josh Hawley) in response to his photo greeting protesters with a fist pump outside the Capitol on January 6th.@HawleyMO) States that it is important to distinguish between peaceful demonstrators who had the right to be there and demonstrators who acted violently. https://t.co/wu4PpX883E pic.twitter.com/5irLG FrlYm
— The Washington Post (@postlive) May 4, 2021
“Throughout last summer, we’ve heard it over and over again, but it’s important to distinguish between peaceful protesters. [at] BLM protests and riots, “said Holy. “I agreed with it then. I said then. I think it’s the same on January 6th.”
“The tens of thousands of people who came to DC, the overwhelming majority of them, are peaceful,” he added.
Holy remembered that the group of people he salutes was not engaged in criminal activity at the time.
“When I walked by that particular group of people, I stood quietly behind a police barricade, well away from the square,” he said. “And I waved at them, thumbs up at them, pushed my fists up at them, thanked them for being there, and they had all the right to do it. “He added.
Holi was the first US Senator to sign a Republican House plan to challenge electoral college votes in several swing states during the January 6 parliamentary certification process.
Scholars believe that Congress does not have the actual authority to overturn the elections during the constitutionally mandated session of January 6, but the move pushed by Trump adds to the so-called “big lie.” Brought to life.
For months, Trump has made false claims about the election, claiming he was robbed of the second term.
When the riots clashed with the Capitol, Holi and others challenged the vote of the Electoral College in Arizona, and Congressmen and Senators returned to their respective rooms.
When the counts resumed after the riots, Holy delayed the day’s conclusions again by hours by forcing a vote on the Pennsylvania electoral college counts as well.