“That was as I was entering the House chamber the morning of the 6th. Those were demonstrators who were out there on the plaza, on the far end of the plaza standing behind barricades, waving American flags.
“Some of them were calling, so I gestured toward them. They had every right to be there. When I walked by that particular group of folks were standing there peacefully behind police barricades.
“I don’t know which of those protesters if any of them participated in the criminal riot.” – Sen. Josh Hawley, telling Washington Post Live that it’s a “slur” to lump in those patriots with the other patriots who ransacked the Capitol.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 4, 2021