Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who stepped to the forefront of the Republican-backed effort to formally object to the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s electoral win, has been demonized by the left for that effort in the wake of a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters storming the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday. Now, it’s starting to cost Hawley big.
According to The Hill, publisher Simon & Schuster gave notice Thursday that it had canceled plans to publish Hawley’s new book on Big Tech censorship and tyranny.
The news came as many Democrats accused Hawley and other Republican lawmakers who contested the election results of being at least partly responsible for the violence at the Capitol Wednesday.
Publisher drops Hawley
In a statement posted on Twitter, Simon & Schuster said: “After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel the publication of Sen. Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book.”
The publishing house said the decision didn’t come “lightly.”
“As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints,” their statement added. “[A]t 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.”
— Simon & Schuster (@simonschuster) January 7, 2021
As The Hill noted, it didn’t take long for Hawley to respond to the news that his upcoming release, The Tyranny of Big Tech, was yanked.
The senator called the move “Orwellian” and, according to Fox News, said it was a “direct assault” on the First Amendment-protected right of free speech — one perpetrated by the “woke mob” of leftists that he alleged control the publishing house.
“This could not be more Orwellian,” Hawley wrote in a statement. “Simon & Shuster 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.”
Hawley went on to charge that “[o]nly 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,” he vowed. “We’ll see you in court.”