Missouri lawmaker skipped own swearing-in to attend Trump rally

Missouri lawmaker skipped own swearing-in to attend Trump rally

A Republican legislator from Missouri didn’t attend his own inauguration so he could go to Washington to attend Wednesday’s pro-Trump rally — but insists he was far from the siege on the Capitol.

State Rep. Justin Hill, of Lake St. Louis, said Thursday that he didn’t go into the Capitol, but saw the pro-Trump rioters while looking on from the rear of the building.

“I wasn’t close enough to see anything,” Hill, who was elected in 2014, told the St. Louis-Post Dispatch. “I didn’t see any vandalism.”

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The former police sergeant sponsored a Missouri House resolution in December that said state lawmakers had “no faith” in the validity of the 2020 presidential election results in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, Georgia and Nevada.

Some 66 of Hill’s Republican colleagues signed a letter seeking to debate the resolution, but it didn’t advance to the full House for a vote, the newspaper reported.

Hill said he went to Washington instead of attending

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