Loews Hotels just canceled a fundraiser for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) at one of its properties next month over the debacle in the Capitol.
Corporate America is cutting ties with any GOP Senator or Rep who voted to overturn the 2020 election. They are cutting off funding to these GOP lawmakers and any associated PAC’s or leadership committees.
Many have said this funding ban is permanent while others said they are pausing political giving for six months. The hospitality company issued a statement condemning Hawley’s behavior:
“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.”
From The Hill:
Loews Hotels did not specifically name Hawley in its statement, but Fighting for Missouri PAC, a group affiliated with Hawley’s re-election, had been set to host a fundraiser for the lawmaker from Feb. 12-15 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando.
“Please join Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) for a Fun-Filled-Family-Friendly Orlando Weekend Event,” read a flier for the event.
Hawley dismissed the hotel’s statement comparing his objection to the riots.
“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,” he said in a statement to The Hill.
The scrapped fundraiser is the latest rebuke Hawley has faced since he helped lead the effort in the Senate to object to the Electoral College results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. The debate over these objections was temporarily interrupted by last week’s riot of President Trump’s supporters that killed five people, including a Capitol Police officer.
Simon & Schuster announced last week that it would cancel the publication of Hawley’s upcoming book.
The Missouri senator, viewed by many as a likely 2024 presidential contender, has faced broad pushback from outside groups and bipartisan lawmakers who have criticized Hawley over his objections to the Electoral College results.
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.
— Loews Hotels (@Loews_Hotels) January 16, 2021