Loews Hotels Cancels GOP Sen. Hawley's Fundraising Event Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation" on Capitol Hill on Aug. 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Carolyn Kaster-Pool/Getty Images)
By Eric Mack | Sunday, 17 January 2021 12:29 PM
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is facing cancel-culture calls throughout politics and now a hotel chain has taken to canceling his February fundraising event for his objection to the Electoral College.
The hotel sent out this statement Saturday on Twitter:
"We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions. In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels."
Fighting for Missouri, a Hawley-affiliated political committee, had scheduled an event in February at Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Hawley's office released a statement Saturday declaring he was "undeterred" by the backlash:
"If these corporations don't want conservatives to speak, they should just be honest about it. But to equate leading a debate on the floor of the Senate with inciting violence is a lie, and it's dangerous. I will not be deterred from representing my constituents, and I will not bow to left wing corporate pressure."
Earlier in the week, Hawley also defended himself in a newspaper column, accusing the media and the 'Washington establishment" of deceiving Americans into calling him an "insurrectionist."
Former staffers of ex-Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., whom Hawley ousted, are taking this opportunity to regain power, launching a political action committee that began airing ads Friday blaming Hawley for inciting the crowd to riot, The Kansas City Star reports.
The new PAC calls Hawley and other officials who backed claims of voter fraud in the presidential election "traitors."
McCaskill tweeted she had no involvement with the PAC but encouraged people to donate, writing their money "won't be wasted."
Hawley spokeswoman Kelli Ford dismissed the effort in a statement Friday, saying McCaskill and her team "will be as effective with this campaign as they were with the last."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.