WaPo Falsely Calls 'Antifa' Harassment of Josh Hawley's Wife and Baby a 'Peaceful Vigil,' Hawley Lets Them Have It

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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was the first senator to say that he intended to object to the electoral count on Jan. 6. Because of that, radical leftists with the group Shutdown D.C. targeted his home in the D.C. area, went to house with bull horns, screamed at his wife and new baby daughter who were home alone.

According to Hawley, “They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door.”

But The Washington Post characterized the action as a “peaceful vigil” despite video of them screaming at the home at night “we stand up, fight back” as well as a group going to the door. WaPo just took what the group claimed and repeated it without question, that they staged the “peaceful vigil” on the sidewalk. It was obviously anything but “peaceful.”

The WaPo spoke about them “chanting” and drawing with chalk on the sidewalk (as opposed to screaming at night at the people in the home).

The paper even tried, despicably, to normalize the action of trying to intimidate a politician and his family in their home. It’s “hardly a new tactic for protesters to take their message to politicians’ doorsteps,” the WaPo claimed and quoted a ShutDown D.C. organizer who claimed the group was “engaging in civil discourse.” Yes, Antifa groups and other radical leftists have been employing it more and more, that isn’t a reason to normalize it, that’s reason to condemn it, loudly.

The WaPo refused to respond to Fox’s inquiry about why they chose to characterize this harassment of a Republican politician so.

But Hawley let them have it for their ridiculous characterization.

Hawley blasted a Post reporter as well for use of the term “vigil,” the group’s term for their action.

“Now ‘vigil’ means screaming threats through bullhorns, vandalizing property, pounding on the doors of homes and terrorizing innocent people and children,” Hawley said sarcastically.

“In fact, when Erin, Josh’s wife, asked them to leave, they instead screamed threats through blow horns at Erin, a newborn baby and their neighbors, and then they followed up by stepping onto their porch to pound on the front door and peer inside the house at Erin,” Hawley’s spokesperson said.

They almost got in a fight with one of the neighbors because the neighbors were disturbed as well and yelled at them to stop their nonsense.

The group didn’t leave until the police showed up. The police said that the group was breaking several laws including a Virginia code against picketing in front of a house, a town ordinance about making noise in front of a home and a littering code. But they didn’t arrest anyone when the group agreed to leave.

Unfortunately for Hawley, harassment or attempted intimidation of folks on the right wouldn’t get the defense it should from a publication like the WaPo or from other liberal media.

HT: Twitchy