Hawley: ‘Antifa scumbags’ threatened wife and newborn during protest at DC home
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) reported late Monday night that “Antifa scumbags” arrived at his Washington, D.C., home and threatened his wife and newborn daughter while he was in his home state of Missouri. This comes after Hawley stepped forward as the first Republican senator to announce that he plans to raise objections when Congress meets for a joint-session meeting on Jan. 6 for the final certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Those outside his home were seen on video slamming him for trying to derail Biden’s win.
Hawley related a hair-raising encounter with radicals. “Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel,” Hawley wrote on Twitter. “They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by left-wing violence,” he said.
ShutDownDC, which is affiliated with the far-left Antifa network, was behind the attack. The group defines itself as “an organizing space where individuals and groups can come together to organize direct action in the fight for justice.” The harassment was labeled by the group as an “hour-long vigil” to demand that “he drop his baseless contestation of the 2020 presidential election results.”
From The Washington Post:
“Activists lit candles and delivered a copy of the US Constitution to Hawley’s door. The crowd chanted “Shame! Shame on Hawley!” and “Protect Democracy from the GOP.” They also read messages from voters in the states whose election results Hawley and the other Senators are planning to contest, including Missouri and Pennsylvania. Police arrived at around 7:45 p.m.”
“We came to let Hawley know that his actions are undemocratic and unacceptable,” said ShutDownDC activist Patrick Young. “Voters decided who they wanted to be president and now Hawley is trying to silence their voices, even after Republican election officials certified the vote counts. And let’s not forget that the bulk of the votes they would throw outcome from black and brown voters. This is an attempted coup waged by silencing the voices of people of color.”
A now-deleted tweet from ShutDownDC read: “Tonight we dropped in at the home of @HawleyMO to encourage him to end his attack on democracy. Let’s be clear, Hawley and his pals are doing real and serious damage to our democracy. And they’re emboldening thugs like the #ProudBoys.”
After Hawley tweeted, they responded by saying that it is “absolutely and unapologetically anti-fascist.”
The senator stated that it was ridiculous that the term “vigil” was being used to describe the gathering.
“Now ‘vigil’ means screaming threats through bullhorns, vandalizing property, pounding on the doors of homes and terrorizing innocent people and children,” he posted.
Tonight while I was in Missouri, Antifa scumbags came to our place in DC and threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 5, 2021
This is far from the first time that Republicans have been harassed and threatened by the left in the last several years. Rep. Maxine Waters has previously told her supporters to confront those who align themselves with Trump.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents,” Waters said in 2018.
This was no candlelight vigil, this was an attempt to terrorize @HawleyMO’s family, his wife & kids, and neighbors, you made that very clear.
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) January 5, 2021
In August, hundreds of demonstrators gathered around the White House for a “noise demonstration and dance party” in an attempt to drown out President Trump’s speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination.
The groups ShutdownDC and Long-Live Go-Go had put out word in advance about the planned “noise demonstration and dance party” to coincide with Trump’s speech.
Since Hawley’s announcement, at least ten other Senate Republicans have said they will also object to the electoral college vote, and more than 100 House Republicans are expected to join them.
ShutDownDC also said in its statement that it has called on hotels in Washington to “close their doors” to people who plan to go to the nation’s capital on Jan. 6 for a protest to call for election integrity. ShutDownDC alleges that “many of these supporters” of the president may bring “violence and destruction.”
Trump has called on Americans to join in the planned protest, which is expected to be attended by hundreds of thousands of people.