Josh Hawley is convinced the media organizations are there to catch him, trying to take away his voice as a helpless, everyday Republican senator from Missouri.
On Tuesday morning, Hawley’s latest grievance was with the Washington Post – the outlet that gave him a leading platform to promote his new book.
“Don’t try to censor and cancel and silence me here,” Hawley said.
“Senator, we welcome you here,” responded technology policy reporter Cat Zakrzewski.
Republicans have made the revolt against “the culture of cancellation” a major part of their platform on social issues, claiming that society as a whole is hostile to their ideas and trying to banish them simply because they are conservative. They believe they are the real victims.
They often claim that they are silenced from their leading positions in government, think tanks, academia and the media.
Indeed, on Tuesday, one of the country’s most prominent newspapers gave Hawley – a man who applauded the crowds who attacked that U.S. Capitol – 30 minutes to promote his new book on Taking Charge of Big Tech and share his ideas on political issues.
Zakrzewski asked Hawley about his now infamous move on January 6, when he raised his fist and gave a thumbs up to a crowd of Donald Trump supporters who were on Capitol Hill to oppose Joe Biden’s certification in as the winner of the presidential election.
Hawley said he has no regrets about what he did because he “doesn’t know which of these protesters … participated in the criminal riot” and argued that “the overwhelming majority … were peaceful.”
After the Capitol Riot, Hawley put all the attention he was receiving into a boon to his campaign. He grossed over $ 3 million in the first three months of 2021, more than any other quarter since running for the Senate.
Most recently, Hawley was the only senator to vote against a law to address hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
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