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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), one of the leaders of a failed attempt to negate the votes of millions of Americans, complained in a front-page editorial on Sunday that he’s being “muzzled.”
The irony wasn’t lost on his critics from both the left and the right.
On Jan. 6, Hawley raised a fist of support to a crowd of protesters in Washington D.C., shortly before many of those same protesters sacked the U.S. Capitol in a deadly insurrection aimed at overturning the election results.
But when Hawley complained of being “muzzled” and a victim of “cancel culture” in his New York Post editorial, observers from across the political spectrum united to call him out:
Never forget his clenched fist salute to the mob that would soon sack the Capitol. And now he’s assuming the victim posture after American citizens use their free speech to disassociate from a man who tried to break America for Donald Trump, and himself. https://t.co/88xdjEa12e
— David French (@DavidAFrench) January 25, 2021
You left out the part where you tried to cancel millions of votes. https://t.co/BIYJiqreBw
— Patterico (@Patterico) January 25, 2021
— ken olin (@kenolin1) January 25, 2021
For somebody who claims he's been consistently muzzled, Hawley is somehow in my face in major media outlets all the time. I would think muzzling would mean I wouldn't have to listen to this treason weasel anymore, but apparently not. https://t.co/VG5GfUOtCj
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) January 25, 2021
This insufferable jackwad is making himself into a victim because he wants you to think it’s unfair that society take note he’s an insufferable jackwad. I’d be embarrassed for him, except he knows exactly what he’s doing. https://t.co/x8vi7AoMhz
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) January 25, 2021
A United States Senator complains about being muzzled in an op-ed published by a major newspaper, and then tweets about it to his hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers. https://t.co/3TEbrNBQ5J
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) January 25, 2021
Says the shameless seditionist of the Senate. Please do your country a public service, for a change, and resign. https://t.co/kGEu6k18Ul
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) January 25, 2021
One of the more degrading effects of Trump on our politics is that he demonstrated how to entirely disgrace yourself, then survive by doubling down and claiming victim status.
All you needed was a total absence of shame. https://t.co/w53OiG8R2J
— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) January 25, 2021
You incited a violent insurrection that resulted in 5 deaths and tried to cancel the vote of the majority. You will never be President. Never? Never ever. Also, you're a a rich boy and elitist who went to an Ivy League school. Just own it. https://t.co/S15X3oltO1
— Wajahat "Consistently Brown" Ali (@WajahatAli) January 25, 2021
One of the leaders of the “always a victim, always whining” Republican Party. https://t.co/8kJtCNxHHL
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 25, 2021
Local insurrectionist furious pic.twitter.com/FCBXhhH7c6
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) January 25, 2021
He says in a tweet to his half-million followers about an op-ed published in a paper with a quarter-million subscribers. https://t.co/wAYjsyLq64
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) January 25, 2021
Hawley op-Ed based entirely on a lie: “I raised a challenge to the presidential electors from Pennsylvania after that state conducted the election in violation of the state constitution.”
Not true. PA Legislature passed a law. PA Supreme Court said it was fine. Enough lies. https://t.co/9O5AAj0D2v
— Robert J. DeNault (@robertjdenault) January 25, 2021
This is the dumbest fucking I’ve read in a long, long time. And I read Twitter all day. https://t.co/g9vXPaiXcz
— David Weiner (@daweiner) January 25, 2021
You literally tried to muzzle the results of the most-participated-in election in the history of the nation you fucking Diet Proud Boy. https://t.co/iwCQ2g11kx
— Conor Rogers (@conorjrogers) January 25, 2021
Maybe prioritize not muzzling free and fair elections https://t.co/oDUJDwq99i
— Geoffrey Skelley (@geoffreyvs) January 25, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.