Leftist activists protested outside Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R., Mo.) Virginia home Monday night, threatening his wife and child.
Protesters connected to ShutDownDC, the left-wing activist organization responsible for the demonstration, gathered outside Hawley’s home with candles and signs and screamed through megaphones at Hawley’s family. Protesting outside a residence is a misdemeanor under Virginia state law.
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At one point, four protesters went up to Hawley’s front door.
Hawley tweeted that his wife and daughter were home alone at the time.
“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. “They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family and I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence.”
In a tweet Tuesday morning, Hawley blasted the Washington Post‘s coverage of the incident. The Post interviewed protesters at the scene who claimed they were participating in a “peaceful vigil,” which Hawley called “lies” and “BS.”
“You screamed through bullhorns, shouted down my wife when she asked you to leave, vandalized property, pounded on our door, and terrorized neighbors,” Hawley wrote, referring to the protesters.
In the video, one protester can be heard shouting, “We’re not going to let these bastards, racists, and ignorant people come into our town and come into our community,” as four others approach the Hawleys’ doorstep.
“We are going to hold people accountable and hold political officials accountable who are trying to swindle the election, swindle democracy, and don’t give a rat’s ass about the American people,” the protester screamed.
Hawley’s wife and neighbors asked the demonstrators to leave on multiple occasions.
The protest came just two days before Congress is set to certify the Electoral College’s vote, finalizing the results of November’s election. Hawley was the first of 12 senators to say that they would object to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, citing some states’ failure to follow their own election laws.