Simon & Schuster has decided not to publish a forthcoming book by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, because of the lawmaker’s role in the attack on the Capitol this week.
In a statement issued via tweet Thursday evening, Simon & Schuster said it was canceling publication of their upcoming book by Hawley, The Tyranny of Big Tech, following Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol by supporters of Trump who aimed to upend the certification of Biden‘s election victory.
Simon & Schuster said,
“We did not come to this decision lightly.
As publisher, it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints,” the announcement read. “[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.”
Hawley has been accused of helping incite the throng of rioters that stormed the House and Senate chambers.
Early Wednesday afternoon Hawley offered a raised fist in apparent solidarity with the crowd that would later attack the houses of Congress — responded on Twitter saying
“This could not be more Orwellian.
I was representing my constituents, leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity, which they have now decided to rebrand 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.”
Missouri Republican Sen. John Danforth, in the wake of the assault on the Capitol, described his recruiting Hawley to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018
“the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life. I thought he was special. And I did my best to encourage people to support him.”
The senator who represented Missouri for nearly two decades until 1995 said if it had not been for Hawley’s key role in objecting to the Electoral College votes, Wednesday’s chaos
“wouldn’t have happened.
But for him the approval of the Electoral College votes would have been simply a formality. He made it into something that it was a specific way to express the view that the election was stolen. He was responsible.”
Meanwhile, the logic of Hawley’s argument was disputed by writers with publishers and just people with common sense.
James Kirchick responded on Twitter to Hawley’s flawed thinking saying,
“So by Hawley’s logic, anyone who doesn’t get a book published by Simon and Shuster is having their 1st Amendment rights infringed upon. I wish I knew this when I was shopping my book.”
Actor Ed Helms wrote,
“Hi Josh – Welcome to our free society. It’s a system in which overturning legitimate elections is frowned upon, and in which no one is obligated to publish your nuclear horse shit.
On the bright side, it is also a system in which you are welcome to whine a lot?”
And Bette Midler put it bluntly,
“No, Josh, they cut you loose because you are a flaming asshole and they didn’t want to soil themselves with your dung.”
Meanwhile, when Hawley spoke from the floor of the House on Wednesday trying to stage a coup to throw out the Electoral College votes, he used the word “irregardless” which is NOT a word.
I’ll bet he can get a publisher for a book with THAT title, say Merriam Webster? I’ve already designed a nice cover…
So by Hawley’s logic, anyone who doesn’t get a book published by Simon and Shuster is having their 1st Amendment rights infringed upon. I wish I knew this when I was shopping my book. https://t.co/nQjmpwIixN— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) January 8, 2021
You're a dope. If I helped incite an insurrection my book publisher would drop me, too, and I would have deserved it. https://t.co/9QNe6L4N4M— Wes McKinney (@wesmckinn) January 8, 2021
You went to @YaleLawSch. Surely, you know that a privately-owned publishing company making the morally hygienic decision to drop your book contract in no way represents a “direct assault on the First Amendment.” https://t.co/oSXBqd4WmZ— James Kirchick (@jkirchick) January 8, 2021
Hi Josh – Welcome to our free society. It's a system in which overturning legitimate elections is frowned upon, and in which no one is obligated to publish your nuclear horse shit. On the bright side, it is also a system in which you are welcome to whine a lot? https://t.co/lmkgzqrlYJ— Ed Helms (@edhelms) January 8, 2021
No, Josh, they cut you loose because you are a flaming asshole and they didn't want to soil themselves with your dung.— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) January 8, 2021
(Photo, screen grab; via NPR)