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Josh Hawley mocked over Jan. 6 Capitol riot run video


Sen. Josh Hawley responded Friday to mockery over a video showing him running through the Capitol to get away from rioters on Jan. 6, 2021 by promoting a coffee mug that bore an image of him raising his fist in solidarity with pro-Trump protesters earlier that day.

Hawley was called out during Thursday’s primetime hearing by Rep. Elaine Lauria (D-Va.), who noted that the Missouri Republican had to escape the violent mob shortly after saluting some of its members earlier in the day.

“We spoke with a Capitol Police officer who was out there at the time,” Luria recalled. “She told us that Senator Hawley’s gesture riled up the crowd. And it bothered her greatly because he was doing it in a safe space protected by the officers and the barriers.

“Later that day,” Luria continued. “Senator Hawley fled after those protesters he helped to rile up stormed the Capitol. See for yourself.”

The slow-motion, four-second clip of Hawley’s dash was met with a roar of laughter from audience members and criticism from others watching. 

“To be completely honest, give you my like, first thoughts that popped into my mind was Josh Hawley is a bitch and he ran like a bitch,” former Capitol Police officer Michael Fanone told Politico. “The fist pump combined with what he did in the immediate aftermath just shows the truth character – or lack thereof.” 

Social media users were quick to turn the clip into a meme, with some setting Hawley’s running to the main theme from the film “Chariots of Fire.” Others compared Hawley to Forrest Gump. 

Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) criticized Hawley for trying to monetize the incident.

Footage of Sen. Josh Hawley running away during the Capitol riot shown at the January 6 House Select Committee hearing.
Footage of Sen. Josh Hawley running away during the Capitol riot is shown at the January 6 House Select Committee hearing.
Hawley responded to the video of him running going viral by promoting merchandise on Twitter.
Hawley responded to the video of him running going viral by promoting merchandise on Twitter.
Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images

“Remember: Even after running for his life, Sen. Hawley chose to fundraise off his encouraging and fist-pumping the violent mob, and even sold merchandise of himself doing so from then through *this year* – even after Politico, who later acquired the image, sent a cease and desist,” the Bronx and Queens lawmaker wrote on Twitter Thursday night.

Another Jan. 6 committee member, Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) trolled Hawley Friday morning by dubbing him “Fistpump McRunpants.”

“Worth remembering: Josh Hawley was the first senator to say he would object to the electoral college, causing a cascade of Ted Cruz-es. There would not have been as much oxygen to trumps [sic] coup plan without Fistpump McRunpants,” Kinzinger said

Capitol Police claimed that Hawley's gesture "riled up" the crowd of Trump supporters on the day of the riot, according to Rep. Elaine Lauria.
Capitol Police claimed that Hawley’s gesture “riled up” the crowd of Trump supporters on the day of the riot, according to Rep. Elaine Lauria.
Francis Chung/E&E News and Politico via AP Images

Almost simultaneously, Hawley posted a kissing-face emoji along with a link to a WinRed fundraising page where supporters could purchase the mug, labeled “Show Me Strong,” for $20. 

Hawley has repeatedly fundraised off the phrase, a reference to Missouri’s moniker of “The Show-Me State.”

Hawley’s office did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for further comment.





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