The House January 6 committee on Thursday played Capitol security footage which showed the Republican senator Josh Hawley, who famously raised a fist to protesters outside, running for his safety once those protesters breached the building.
It prompted a flurry of online memes ridiculing Hawley fleeing from the very people he had earlier encouraged.
The committee showed the famous image of the senator raising his fist, subsequently bought by Politico.
Presenting the committee’s case, the Virginia Democrat Elaine Luria showed pictures of House members and senators leaving their chambers.
She said: “Senator Josh Hawley also had to flee.