Perhaps fearful of being disapproved of at their next New York City cocktail gathering, officials of publisher Simon & Schuster on Jan. 7 canceled publication of an upcoming book by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO).
Their excuse was the previous day’s protest at the U.S. Capitol, which in some places resulted in clashes, damaged property and at least two deaths, of a protester and a Capitol Police officer.
Prominent among Republicans who objected to the certification of the Electoral College votes that made Joe Biden president-elect, Hawley was slated to release a book titled The Tyranny of Big Tech in June. The book describes how major tech companies “represent the gravest threat to American liberty since the monopolies of the Gilded Age,” according to Simon & Schuster’s website.
After the events in Washington, however, the publisher has reneged on the deal and even implied that Hawley was somehow responsible.
“After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book,” they explained, using the verbiage of Democratic politicians.
“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster claimed. “As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: at the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.”
The protesters had come to the Capitol from all over the nation out of fear for their own democracy and freedom, as an election riddled with sworn accusations of fraud was about to be certified.
Hawley slammed Simon & Schuster for the move, tweeting, “This could not be more Orwellian. Simon & Schuster is canceling my contract because I was representing my constituents, leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity, which they have now decided to redefine as sedition. Let me be clear, this is not just a contract dispute. It’s a direct assault on the First Amendment. Only approved speech can now be published. This is the Left looking to cancel everyone they don’t approve of. I will fight this cancel culture with everything I have. We’ll see you in court.”