On Thursday night, the Jan. 6 commission played stunning footage of Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) running away from a crowd of pro-Trump vigilantes he’d seen a few hours earlier.
Despite the clip clearly showing that the Republican legislator is on the run, he promised a group of young conservative activists nearly 24 hours later that he wouldn’t run away from a fight.
“Hey, listen, I know what I’m talking about because I let them do it to me,” he proudly declared at Turning Point USA’s summer conference in Tampa, Florida, on Friday night, referring to a “traitor” called urging ” electoral integrity”. “I filed an appeal against the state of Pennsylvania on January 6 last year,” he boasted.
“And I just want to say to all those liberals and the liberal media, in case you haven’t gotten the message yet, I’m not sorry,” Hawley continued. “And I don’t back down. I’m not going to apologize, I’m not going to cringe, I’m not going to run from you.”
“I’m not going to bend my knee,” he decided.
The comments come as both Hawley and former President Donald Trump try to push back the Jan. 6 bombing.
Late Thursday night, Trump had a nighttime meltdown on his social media site, Truth Social.
“I had an election rigged and stolen from me, and our country. The US is going to hell,” he bellowed after midnight. “Should I be happy?”
A source close to the ex-president told The Daily Beast during the hearing that Trump has expressed his continued frustration at the “one-sided forum”, which offers no opportunity for “cross-examination” or the opportunity for Trump to “present [his] side.”
“There is no courtroom in this country where that would be allowed,” said the source, who speaks regularly with Trump.