Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, facing criticism from longtime backers and donors in the wake of the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, defended himself in a newspaper column on Wednesday, accusing the media and “Washington establishment” of deceiving Americans into considering him an “insurrectionist.”
Hawley’s column appeared in the Southeast Missourian, a daily newspaper in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
It marked the first time Hawley, 41, has publicly defended himself since the incursion on Jan. 6, when a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol following a rally near the White House.
Five people died, and lawmakers were forced to hide as rioters breached the building, delaying the certification of Electoral College votes that was the last step in finalizing Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over Trump.
Hawley was the first senator to announce a challenge to the Electoral College results.
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