Simon & Schuster drops Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley’s books

Simon & Schuster drops Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley’s books

A planned book by Sen. Josh Hawley, who objected to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and claimed that the election was stolen, has been canceled by its publisher in the wake of the revolt in the US Capitol. Trump supporters, a decision Missouri Republicans called “Orwellian” and vowed to fight in court.

In a statement on Thursday, Simon & Schuster announced “the cancellation of the publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book, ‘The Tyranny of Big Tech,’ after witnessing the disturbing, deadly uprising on Wednesday in Washington, DC.” Has decided.

The publisher said, “We did not come to light on this decision.” “As a publisher it will always be our mission to raise a variety of voices and perspectives: at the same time we as citizens take our big public responsibility seriously, and become a dangerous threat to our democracy Senator cannot support Hawley after his role in “and freedom.”

Trump supporters had gathered in Washington on Wednesday to protest the formal certificate of Congress’ Biden victory, and many ended the storm in the Capitol and occupied it for hours, delaying the process on Thursday morning. A widely seen photograph, taken before the capture, shows Hawley raising a fist in solidarity with the crowd.

Hawley has often been cited as a future presidential candidate and his book, scheduled to arrive in June, was a platform for a favorite subject – the undue power of Google, Facebook and other Internet giants. Shortly thereafter, upon receiving the news that his book had been dropped, Hawley tweeted, and directly tagged his comments to Simon & Schuster, that he had been unfairly censored and punished: ” I was representing my constituents, leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity. They have now decided to redefine treason. “

“It couldn’t be more Orwellian … Let me be clear, this is not just a contract dispute. This is a direct attack on the First Amendment … I will fight this cancell culture with everything I have. We will court you. I will see. “

Simon & Schuster quickly issued another statement: “We believe we are working solely within the rights of our contract to cancel the book”.

Simon & Schuster has had many conflicts with Trump and his supporters over the years. It struck a deal with far-right writer and commentator Milo Yonnopoulos and published several anti-Trump best-sellers, including niece Mary Trump’s “Too Much and Never Enough” and former national security adviser John Bolton’s “The Room Where It Happened “is included. “

New York publishers had already warned about Trump’s take on a post-presidential memorial, whose “Crippled America” ​​was published in 2015 by a Simon & Schuster imprint, and the events of this week have a lot to do with him Not more likely. A spokesman for Simon & Schuster declined to comment on whether the publisher would be interested in Trump’s new book. Messages were not immediately returned with Penguin Random House, the publisher of Trump’s bestselling “The Art of the Deal” and Harper Collins Publishers.

(This story is published from a wire agency feed without textual modifications.)

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