During the latest Jan. 6th committee hearing Thursday, Democrats accused Sen. Josh Hawley of having riled up the Jan. 6th rioters and then mocked him for later fleeing from them.
But in doing so, they only proved again for about the hundredth time how the only standards they boast are double standards.
As proof of Hawley riling up the rioters, they noted that he’d given the then-peaceful protesters a raised fist of solidarity before they’d erupted into a riot.
“Earlier that afternoon, before the joint session started, he walked across the east front of the Capitol. As you can see in this photo, he raised his fist in solidarity with the protesters already amassing at the security gates,” Rep. Elaine Luria said at the hearing.
“We spoke with a Capitol police officer who was out there at the time. She told us that Sen. 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.”
Apparently, it’s now problematic to show solidarity with peaceful protesters. This certainly should be news to the legions of Democrats who’d unapologetically shown solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protesters/rioters of 2020.
Don’t forget that Democrats later bailed violent BLM rioters out of jail:
Chrissy Teigen joins long list of celebs, Dems, Biden campaign members donating to bail rioters out of jail https://t.co/k4eOtmFDHx
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 31, 2020
Continuing her remarks, Luria then mocked Hawley for later fleeing from the previously peaceful protesters after they’d erupted into a riot.
“Later that day, Sen. Hawley fled after those protesters he helped to rile up stormed the Capitol. See for yourself,” she said.
According to NBC News, “Footage of Hawley fleeing during the riot drew bursts of laughter in the committee hearing room.”
It also inspired mockery and derision from blue-check Twitter leftists:
Josh Hawley is up for re-election in 2024. Sources say he may run again.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 22, 2022
Can’t believe I fell asleep before I got to make a Josh Hawley/@runforsomething joke. What a spineless slug.
— Amanda Litman (@amandalitman) July 22, 2022
Hysterical footage of “tough guy” Josh Hawley running away from the same crowd he fist pumped.
What a little wimpy noodle.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) July 22, 2022
i would say @HawleyMO looks dead like @peeweeherman but that would be an insult to my friend and lover of pro wrestling Pee Wee Herman.
— Kenny “StarMaker” Bolin ®™👑 (@StarMakerBolin) July 22, 2022
You have to say this about @HawleyMO : He makes much better sprint time when he’s not shaking fists in support of insurrectionists and slowing himself down.
— Mike Lupica (@MikeLupica) July 22, 2022
This you, @HawleyMO? pic.twitter.com/PvwhfytrFl
— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) July 22, 2022
The left’s response seems to provide a perfect example of their never-ending double standards:
It’s OK to show solidarity with peaceful left-wing protesters but not peaceful right-wing protesters.
It’s OK to run away from violent rioters if you’re a liberal, but if you’re a conservative, then running away makes you a coward.
It’s OK to bail out violent left-wing rioters, but don’t you dare complain about violent right-wing rioters being held in solitary confinement.
Here’s an even better example, courtesy of far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
Hey Sen @HawleyMO, I hate to break it to you, but this is, in fact, you.
You raised your fist in solidarity with white supremacists who attacked our Capitol.
While you may politically regret what you’ve revealed about yourself, you still have no place in public office.
Resign. https://t.co/Cduo5W35ds pic.twitter.com/Owx4C8iAHY
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 15, 2021
Posted on Jan. 15th, 2021, in the tweet Ocasio-Cortez attacked Hawley for his fist of solidarity and falsely accused the peaceful protesters of being “white supremacists.”
Yet 18 months later, this happened:
This woman either has double standards or a split personality. Either way, pretty sure she doesn’t present herself the way a government rep should. Plus, since she’s doing the same thing Senator Hawley is doing and she says it’s a sign of white supremacy, she must be too. pic.twitter.com/pjF50Ql4mF
— Juliet (@iam__juliet) July 21, 2022
The only difference is that whereas Hawley merely expressed solidarity with peaceful protesters, Ocasio-Cortez became an actual peaceful protester.
Regarding Hawley’s Jan. 6th behavior, it must be stressed that he did nothing wrong. Not when he showed solidarity with peaceful protesters. Not when he ran from violent rioters. And even not when he challenged the results of the 2020 election.
Of course, the Jan. 6th hearings aren’t about Hawley. They aren’t even really about the Jan. 6th riot. They’re about one and only one thing: Preventing former President Donald Trump from becoming America’s president again.
The Washington Post even admitted it Thursday.
“The committee wants to exact a cost for those who sought to upend the results of the 2020 election. They want, if only unofficially, to make it impossible for Trump to be reelected as president,” the Post reported after the latest hearing.
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