An Open Letter On Anti-Asian Racism & Christian Nationalism
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO)
1.23.21 update. Sen. Hawley has come under fire for his role inciting the historic Capitol Riots of Jan. 6, 2021. Not only did he lead an effort to oppose (without evidence) Joe Biden's victory in the Nov. 2020 election, he raised his fist in solidarity with rioters and persisted in his unfounded objections after the riot was over. In footage of the seditionists raiding the Senate Chamber, one rioter names Josh Hawley, along with Ted Cruz, as senators who would approve of their actions (6:08 of video).
Sen. Hawley's incitement of violence merely extends his pattern of endangering Asian American lives. His refusal to apologize, even in the face of his mentor's disavowal, displays the same disregard he has shown towards Asian Americans throughout the pandemic. Moreover, his continued popularity with the GOP base illustrates how he and other sanctified Sinophobes will continue to enjoy robust support under the Biden administration, absent concerted and organized challenges to their bigotry.
8.18.21 update. Hawley, who has come under fire for not maintaining a Missouri residence and living most of the time in Virginia, has been attending Holy Trinity Church in McLean VA. The evidence for his attendance at this church can be found here. Holy Trinity Church, a nondenominational church "rooted in the teachings and traditions of the Church of England," is also the home of Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee in Virginia's gubernatorial election this November. In contrast with Hawley's xenophobic politics, Holy Trinity Church features a statement on the need for "racial unity" on its website, signed by (among others) Glenn Youngkin.
11.2.21 update. Josh Hawley has sponsored the "Arm Taiwan" act, which, on the basis of scarce evidence, takes for granted the prospect of an imminent CCP invasion. Hawley's sabre-rattling is in keeping with his declaration that "normal" and "everyday" voters in his state view China primarily as a "threat." Hawley's erasure of Chinese immigrants, for whom China might primarily constitute a homeland, encapsulates the condescending nature of his Sinophobia: in claiming to defend people of Chinese descent, he refuses to allow them to speak for themselves, whether on matters of Taiwanese independence or simply of their own affections for their ethnic origins.