Sen. Josh Hawley is doubling down on his personal mission to be a voice for marginalized straight white cisgender males in America.

Speaking to “Axios on HBO” over the weekend, the 41-year-old “family values” Republican said he plans to make toxic masculinity a signature political issue, because far too many people on “the left” are telling guys like him: “You’re part of the problem. … Your masculinity is inherently problematic.”

“A man is a father. A man is a husband. A man is somebody who takes responsibility,” Hawley said.

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During the interview, he once again repeated claims that straight white cisgender men across the country are developing bad habits, like watching porn and playing video games, because they have nothing better to do and they need gainful employment to feel like their lives matter.

Evidently, Hawley didn’t read the most recent jobs report that found American employers added 531,000 jobs in October, a big improvement from September and a positive sign for the future.

“I think you put together lack of jobs, you put together fatherlessness, you put together the social messages that we teach our kids in school, I think we’ve got to confront that and its effects,” he said.

Oh, and as for cheering on insurrectionists before they stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Hawley said he doesn’t know anything about that.

“I don’t know who came into the Capitol or not,” he remarked. “If they did come into the Capitol and they violated the laws, they’re criminals, and they should be prosecuted– and they’ll get no support from me.”

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We’re sure none of Hawley’s recent remarks about protecting the sanctity of masculinity in America are designed to distract for the fact that he was just slapped with a major lawsuit alleging that he accepted almost $1 million in illegal campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association during his 2018 Senate Campaign.

The lawsuit, filed last week by the Campaign Legal Center on behalf of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords’s gun control advocacy group, claims the NRA illegally coordinated with Hawley’s campaign by funneling $973,411 through a political strategy group.

A spokesperson for Hawley’s campaign called the whole thing “frivolous.”

Watch Hawley’s interview with Axios. Or don’t.

Now, here’s what people on Twitter are saying about the whole thing…

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore

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