Video shows Josh Hawley fleeing January 6 rioters he had just greeted

The Jan. 6 House Select Committee on Thursday revealed never-before-seen surveillance footage of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) fleeing the U.S. Capitol during the insurgency, shortly after he was infamous raised his fist in solidarity with Donald Trump supporters as they prepared to storm the building.

The footage was released during the second hour of the committee hearing, with Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) describing how Hawley fanned the flames of the insurgency shortly before getting to safety.

“Earlier in the afternoon, before the start of the joint session, [Hawley] walked through the east facade of the Capitol,” Luria said, referring to the session of Congress to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. “As you can see in this photo, he raised his fist in solidarity with the demonstrators who were already massed at the security barriers.”

“We spoke with a Capitol Police officer who was there at the time,” Luria continued. “She told us that Senator Hawley’s gesture pissed off the crowd. And it bothered her a lot because he was doing it in a safe space, protected by the agents in the barriers. Later that day, Senator Hawley fled after protesters he had helped anger stormed the Capitol. See for yourself.”

The committee then released the footage – showing Hawley in a close sprint through the halls of Congress – first at full speed, then a second time, in slow motion.

The audience inside the audience burst into laughter, and the images quickly became red meat for the internet, an ultimate”how it started, how it goes.” Even before the end of the hearing, Twitter users tagged pictures with music ranging from Kate Bush to Benny Hill.

The footage aired on ABC, NBC, and CBS, as well as most cable news networks, including CNN and MSNBC.

Fox News did not broadcast Thursday night’s hearing. Hawley appeared on Fox News shortly before the committee showed the footage of him scampering from the Senate on January 6, 2021. He spoke to host Tucker Carlson in a segment during which the couple sowed the fear about undocumented migrants.

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