Called Out

Businessman who helped bankroll Josh Hawley wants him censured for ‘provoking riots’

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A Missouri businessman who helped fund Sen. Josh Hawley’s first campaign is now calling for him to be censured, saying that his rhetoric questioning the 2020 election results helped spark the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol this Wednesday.

Tamko Building Products CEO David Humphreys called on the U.S. Senate to censure Hawley “for provoking yesterday’s riots in our nation’s capital,” the Kansas City Star reports.

His statement was originally published in the The Missouri Independent.

“In October 2016 I publicly voiced my opposition to Donald Trump in the NY Times saying ‘At some point, you have to look in the mirror and recognize that you cannot possibly justify support for Trump to your children…’ Humphreys’ statement read.

“I need to say the same about Missouri’s U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, who has shown his true colors as an anti-democracy populist by supporting Trump’s false claim of a ‘stolen election.’ Hawley’s irresponsible, inflammatory, and dangerous tactics have incited violence and further discord across America. And he has now revealed himself as a political opportunist willing to subvert the Constitution and the ideals of the nation he swore to uphold,” he continued.

“Hawley should be censured by his Senate colleagues for his actions which have undermined a peaceful transition of power and for provoking yesterday’s riots in our nation’s capital. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to protect our country and its Constitutional underpinnings.”

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