Climate Protester Storms Stage, Tangles With Josh Hawley At Conservative Event


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A protester invaded the stage Thursday as Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley gave a talk about China and Ukraine at the Heritage Foundation.

Hawley was discussing the prospect of China invading Taiwan when the female protester went on stage and walked over to him holding a sign and talking loudly about military spending. Her sign referenced “war and aggression” and “CODEPINK,” the name of self-described “women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism.” (RELATED: Biden Admin Hands $750,000 To China-Linked Group Behind Push To Ban Gas Stoves)

“We have the largest military in the world, we spend over one trillion dollars every year, and your state of Missouri, over half the people are in poverty,” the protestor said. She was ultimately taken offstage as she mentioned “the climate crisis.”

Hawley smiled as the protester stood next to him and talked.

“It’s interesting, this administration wants to use the climate crisis as a justification for its agenda in Ukraine and elsewhere,” Hawley afterward. “Maybe they oughta visit with that gal.”

The senator called for “a new burden-sharing relationship with NATO” in his talk, arguing, “It’s time to tell our NATO allies the hard truth, which is: They must take first obligation, first responsibility in the defense of Ukraine and encountering Russia. We should say that to them. Directly.”

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