Erin Hawley, the spouse of Senator Josh Hawley, has penned an op-ed for Fox News decrying a bunch of protesters that gathered exterior her home within the days earlier than the assault on the US Capitol.
Ms Hawley claimed that on 4 January, a bunch of about 20 protesters gathered exterior her home in Virginia whereas Mr Hawley was in Missouri.
“I walked upstairs to see approximately 20 protestors standing in front of our house shouting through bullhorns. I stepped outside, baby in arms, and asked them to leave, saying we had a newborn and neighbors. They refused, and I took Abbi back downstairs,” Ms Hawley mentioned within the piece.
She claims that three “large men” pounded at her door and yelled “come out, come out” whereas they had been protesting, and that police arrived to the scene 15 minutes later.
The protesters mentioned they had been holding a candlelight vigil exterior Mr Hawley’s home to ask him to rethink his plan to problem the electoral vote rely on 6 January and to “encourage him to reconsider his attack on Democracy.”
Mr Hawley tweeted concerning the incident and performed to the fears of his conservative supporters by blaming the incident on Antifa, regardless of having no proof to recommend that the protesters had been aligned with that ideology.
“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. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door. Let me be clear: My family & I will not be intimidated by leftwing violence,” Mr Hawley wrote on Twitter.
Less than 48 hours later, Mr Hawley would go on to wave in solidarity to the horde of Trump supporters who attacked the US Capitol.
Though police did reply to the vigil, nobody was arrested, and studies from the night present there have been no violent acts.
Officer Juan Vazquez, a spokesman for the Vienna Police Department in Virginia, informed the Kansas City Star that there was no proof of violence or property injury.
“It was a minor event,” Mr Vazquez mentioned. “Basically we got a call saying there was some sort of protest in front of a residence in our town. … The group was maybe 15 to 20 people.”
According to the officer, the protesters left the world with out incident after warning them that they had been disrupting a residential neighborhood.
Ms Hawley mentioned the protest – which she referred to as “an assault” – exterior her home and the threats she claims had been made in opposition to her and her household within the days comply with weren’t civil discourse, however simply workout routines in fear.
“The assault on our home, followed by weeks of personal attacks on our family (from the simple, but sinister, ‘watch your back,’ to much more colorful and descriptive texts, emails, and phone calls) are not civil discourse. They are just meant to frighten,” she mentioned.