Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has announced that Simon & Schuster publishing decided to cancel his next book’s publication after associating it with a group of protesters who stormed the Capitol in Washington DC while Congress was holding a joint session to certify the 2020 election results.
Hawley was among a group of legislators who decided to object to the Electoral College results. On Thursday, his publisher refused to publish his next book entitled ‘The Tyranny of Big Tech,’ saying his decision had endangered the nation’s democracy and freedom.
“Simon & Schuster will cancel my contract because I represented my constituents, leading a debate in the Senate on the integrity of voters, which they have now decided to redefine as sedition,” the senator wrote via his Twitter account.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 7, 2021
The congressman rejected Simon & Schuster’s announcement, calling it an ‘Orwellian’ measure, and emphasized that any opinion contrary to that of the establishment is now subject to censorship.
“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.”
The statement in question from Simon & Schuster states: “After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel the publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book, THE TYRANNY OF BIG TECH….”
— Simon & Schuster (@simonschuster) January 7, 2021
Hawley has also become the target of the same media that preempted Biden’s election, even though the Electoral College’s verdict was not known, condemning his decision to defend the right of Americans to have a comprehensive electoral process.
MSNBC anchor Joey Reisch urged the senator to resign from office, saying it would help the country even more, according to RealClearPolitics.
Some Republican Party senators also turned their backs on Hawley, such as Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebr.) who said Hawley’s decision to object to the Electoral College results “was really dumbass,” according to NPR.
Not only is Hawley under pressure from legislators, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz likewise faces pressure from several legislators urging him to resign after he led a committee of legislators who chose to reject the election results.
According to several critics, the senator’s insistence on sticking to the election fraud narrative was tantamount to inciting violence. Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke said the Republican legislator was guilty of sedition, according to IBTimes.