Josh Hawley Office Protesters Add to Calls in Missouri for Senator to Quit

Protesters in Missouri gathered outside the office of Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) as pressure grows on the lawmaker in his home state after the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol last week.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), a labor union, organized Tuesday's protest. There was a gathering outside the federal courthouse by Hawley's St. Louis office calling on him to resign.

Cars also circled the building six times, once for each of those whose deaths were linked to last week's unrest at the U.S. Capitol. Some protesters at the event said that he "has blood on his hands," KSDK reported.

Hawley, who was elected in 2018, has faced such a refrain before. Last week, the Kansas City Star accused him of having "blood on his hands."

Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) tweeted last week "you do not speak for us," referring to the Senator whom she wants removed from Congress. "You have blood on your hands," she added.

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Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is pictured on October 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. He is facing local condemnation after the storming of the Capitol last week. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Hawley became the first GOP senator to publicly back President Donald Trump's challenge of the general election results.

But in tandem with condemnation nationally of Hawley, who was pictured raising his fist to the Trump-supporting protesters before their Capitol protest turned violent last Wednesday, criticism is growing within his own state.

"I never thought in a million years that we would see the treason that we saw in D.C.," AFGE vice president Corey Sanford said at Tuesday's protest, per WKYC. "When he raised his fist to the protesters...he was giving them the OK to go ahead and storm the Capitol."

Pressure has been building on Hawley as donors in his state pull the plug over recent events.

Three companies that regularly fund him—St. Louis law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, the electric power company Ameren and the financial services firm Edward Jones—have said they will pause campaign contributions.

The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump campaign group, said it would target Missouri media in a campaign aimed at cutting off further funds to the lawmaker.

Meanwhile, the pressure is also growing on Hawley in Washington, D.C.

Incoming Senate president pro tempore Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) says Hawley, along with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), should step down from the Senate judiciary committee pending an investigation of the storming of the Capitol.

He said that both "wanted to subvert the will of the people" and to promote the idea "that we did not have an honest election."

"I can't imagine any senator doing that and then serving on the Judiciary," Leahy said, according to The Hill.

Newsweek has contacted Hawley's office for comment. Last week, his office issued a statement that he would "never apologize for giving voice to the millions of Missourians and Americans who have concerns about the integrity of our elections."

In the Senate after the riot, Hawley also condemned the violence: "In this country, in the United States of America, we cannot say emphatically enough violence is not how you achieve change...There is no place for that in the United States of America."

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