GOP Rep. Josh Hawley, who objected to the certification of electoral college votes mere hours after insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building in their own attempt to stop the certification, reportedly hung a poster of a handsome shirtless man over his bed in college.
The curious detail was a part of a New York Times report looking into the senator’s background following his widely condemned objection to the 2020 election results. “Interviews with dozens of people close to him show his growing comfort with doing what it takes to hold on to power,” the Times reported.
Hawley, who voted against the confirmation of the first gay Cabinet Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, last month, reportedly hung the poster in his room while attending Stanford University in the late 90s.
“On campus, Mr. Hawley wrote columns for the conservative Stanford Review and was active in student ministry groups,” the Times writes. “He described his worldview in gauzy phrases like ‘a proper sense of shared citizenship,’ but drew a clearer line on at least one issue. Above his bed he hung a sepia-toned poster of a shirtless male model cradling a newborn; when asked by classmates, he said it reflected his fervent stance against abortion.”
The Times also added this curious detail: “The Hawley spokeswoman said the poster is ‘not something he remembers. But he’s proudly pro-life.'”
Here is the poster in question, according to the newspaper:
Josh Hawley at Stanford: “Above his bed he hung a sepia-toned poster of a shirtless male model cradling a newborn; when asked by classmates, he said it reflected his fervent stance against abortion.” Said poster:https://t.co/rTMANXTMnd pic.twitter.com/2lerwOKVkE
— Josh Barone (@joshbarone) March 8, 2021
The Times report sparked a thousand questions online:
I grew up in the Catholic Church. “Right to Life” imagery has been a common/daily presence for the 40+ years I’ve been alive. Not once has it remotely resembled a well built shirtless man. Trust me, it would have had my full attention during my teens & 20’s.
+ maybe 30’s, 40s😏
— Jules (@perzelwoman) March 8, 2021
You should see the DVD collection he had to reflect his fervent stance against gay sex.
— 🇨🇦 BC Darr 🏳️🌈 (Name's Darren & live in B.C.) (@bcdarr) March 8, 2021
Ah yes, I have a shirtless male firefighter calendar because of my fervent stance against house fires.
— junebug (@tinyjunebug) March 8, 2021
When my mom found pictures of men in their underwear from shopping catalogs in my music book I told her that is what I wanted to look like when I grow up. He could have tried something like that. 😂
— BidenCritic WarrenCrat 🗽🏳️🌈⚛️🌵 (@shesnottrump) March 8, 2021
In a fairly progressive Nordic Country, we'd go and browse these with girls and the one out gay guy friend at our high school lunch breaks at the only book store of the town.
— Mamapanda🐼 (@tuikku_76) March 8, 2021
I won't attack anyone over their sexuality but liars and hypocrites are fair game.
— Tish Bryce (@tish_bryce) March 8, 2021