Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley was widely mocked after it emerged he is writing a book about masculinity set to be published in May 2023.
The book, Manhood: The Masculine Virtues Americans Need, expands on concerns Hawley has expressed about the decline of traditional male gender roles and expectations in the United States.
The notion masculinity is being attacked–namely by the left wing–is a popular one among Republicans like Hawley, who last year accused "the Left" of hurting "the future of the American man" and went on to claim the "deconstruction of America begins with and depends on the deconstruction of American men."
To that end, the book's description declares "The American Founders believed that a republic depends on certain masculine virtues" and American men should "stand up and embrace their God-given responsibility as husbands, fathers, and citizens."
Yet funnily enough, Hawley has been branded a coward given he was mocked just last week after the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the January 6 insurrection revealed surveillance footage of him fleeing the United States Capitol during the attack he helped incite.
The book's announcement inspired many Twitter users to make the same joke.
Last year, Hawley made clear during an appearance on Axios on HBO that he intends to make toxic masculity a signature political issue, telling the documentary news series that the left is telling people like him that their masculinity is "inherently problematic."
Hawley's remarks have been criticized as a "conspiratorial vision" and amplification of the ongoing culture wars between Republicans and Democrats.
They also serve as obfuscation for the role he played ahead of the January 6 insurrection given that he was the first Senator to object to the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral win.
While he has since claimed he doesn't agree with former President Donald Trump's lie that the 2020 general election was fraudulent, he has issued contradictory and unrepentant statements likening the left to a "woke mob."