Orlando hotel cancels Josh Hawley fundraising event
After violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol today, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., walks to the House chamber to challenge the results of the presidential election in Pennsylvania during the joint session of the House and Senate to count the Electoral College votes cast in November's election, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Image via AP.

Josh Hawley
The event was canceled after criticism for Hawley’s role in the Capitol insurrection.

Loews Hotels announced Saturday it will no longer host a fundraiser for Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley after calls to shut down the event in response to the Senator’s remarks on and role in the Capitol insurrection.

Hawley was originally scheduled to host a fundraising event at the Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando. 

But, the event was canceled after calls from individuals urged the hotel chain to reconsider, citing Hawley’s role in the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. 

The Senator was seen encouraging rioters and continued to object to the election results when Congress reassembled following the insurrection. According to a report from the Associated Press, besides President Donald Trump, “no politician has been more publicly blamed for Wednesday’s unprecedented assault on American democracy than Hawley.” 

“We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions,” Loews Hotels tweeted Saturday. “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.”

The event, coined “fun-filled” and “family-friendly”, was scheduled to take place from Feb. 12 through Feb. 15. Donors to Hawley’s Fighting for Missouri PAC would be given tickets to Universal Studios and access to a block of rooms for the event at the hotel, according to an event flier. 

The flier advertised costs as $5,000 in contributions for a family, $3,000 for a couple and $1,000 for an individual. 

Florida lawmakers are responding to the move by the hotel chain, including Rep. Anna Eskamani, who said in a tweet, “Floridians said not today Satan.”

Hawley’s book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” was also canceled by publisher Simon & Schuster following the events at the Capitol. 

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  • Ian

    January 16, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    “Cancel culture” strikes again… with help from the MSM.

  • Ocean Joe

    January 16, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    It’s not cancel culture. It’s big business, long in the Republican pocket (or vice versa) realizing that an attempt by the far right to overthrow our government is bad for business.

    Hawley tried to be a wise guy, being Harvard educated and all that…and outsmarted himself.

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 17, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Lol hawley maybe twice impeached prez Trump will let you have a fundraiser at maralago! Yo! Palm Beach County ! Ya
    got a mess! Either enforce Trump maralago deal or goodness knows who
    Trump will let in to disrupt the beauty of Palm Beach County!

  • Ian

    January 17, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Ocean Joe,

    The cancellation happened after cyberspace protests and publicity of those protests by MSM outlets. Loews and other business concerns a petrified of getting crucified online and in the media for doing anything that might draw the ire of the left-wing Twitter mob and “news” pundits. Therefore, the Hawley event got canceled.

    That’s the definition of “cancel culture.”

  • Kevin Gaines

    January 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Yeah Cancel culture all right…. Act like an Idiot and continue to circulate stupid lies to promote your own agenda….. and reasonable people will see you for the moron you are continuing to be and they will CANCEL your political career. An overwhelming majority saw that nonsense at the capital and have had enough. No amount of greed or fear of becoming “Venezuela” for God’s sake can make people turn against their own country. That is reserved for a special type of idiot. Great work Kelly!

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