The latest Lincoln Project video highlights Missouri Senator Josh Hawley’s role in inciting the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, showing clips of police officers being attacked and repeatedly blasting the GOP lawmaker with “You did this.”
The conservative, anti-Trump group released its newest video Sunday with a blunt message directed toward Hawley, a “sedition caucus” member who ardently supported the effort to overturn President Joe Biden‘s election win.
“You did this, Josh Hawley,” the Lincoln Project declared, showing images of Trump supporters crushing a D.C. police officer with his shield and a swinging noose placed outside the Capitol building on January 6. Hawley gained nationwide infamy after a photograph went viral which showed him raising a clenched fist in solidarity with the protesters just hours before the deadly attack.
The dramatic Lincoln Project ad appears to paint the freshman Republican senator as an over-privileged instigator who helped inflame the Capitol riots for political purposes.
Hawley on Sunday complained to Fox News‘ Mark Levin that claims of him inciting violence are “a lie.” He instead blamed liberal lawmakers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for “say[ing] just about anything they want” about fellow members of Congress and did not acknowledge any culpability of his own.
“Senator Josh Hawley, you ran in the right circles, went to the right schools, your path was set. But you blew it. After a lifetime of preparation, you’re going to lose it all. And as the walls close in, remember: You. Did. This,” the narrator of the video says over close-up images of screaming Capitol rioters.
The video shows bloodied D.C. police officer Daniel Hodges crying out in pain as a mass of rioters crushed him with his own shield in the west tunnel under the Capitol building. A Connecticut man, Patrick Edward McCaughey III, was later arrested and charged with assaulting Hodges, who later recalled, “I thought I was going to die.”
The Lincoln Project narrator continues, “It’s your fault, Josh. You led it. You own it. You spent your life trying to become someone that history would remember. Well Josh, you got your wish.”
Another clip in the Lincoln Project ad shows D.C. police officers saluting the hearse that carried the body of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick through Washington on January 10. Sicknick died as a result of injuries sustained during the January 6 attack. One photograph that scrolls by shows a gallows and noose hanging outside the Capitol, where “Proud Boys” supporters of Trump’s effort to overturn the election threatened to lynch Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Lincoln Project released a steady stream of videos and ads blasting Trump and his supporters over the past few years of his term in office. The videos typically resemble tense Hollywood theatrical trailers and target specific actions or followers of Trump. The group has several longtime Republicans as co-founders, including Rick Wilson and George Conway, husband to former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Newsweek reached out to The Lincoln Project as well as Hawley’s Senate office for additional remarks or reactions Sunday afternoon.
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