(PatriotHeadline.com)- Missouri Senator Josh Hawley is being punished for exercising his congressional rights to challenge the Electoral College vote.
On Wednesday, the publishing company Simon & Schuster said they would no longer publish Hawley’s book. “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” which Hawley wrote critical of big tech companies such as Facebook and Google, was set to be released in June. Now, he’ll be looking for a new publisher to make sure that happens.
In a press release posted on Simon & Schuster’s website, the company 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 Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book, THE TYRANNY OF BIG TECH. We did not come to this decision lightly.
“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.”
Hawley was the first Republican Senator to announce this week that he planned to challenge the results of the Electoral College vote when Congress met in a joint session to certify the results. Five other Republicans eventually joined him — Mississippi’s Cindy Hyde-Smith, Alabama’s Tommy Tuberville, Louisiana’s John Kennedy, Texas’ Ted Cruz and Kansas’ Roger Marshall.
This group of Republicans joined with many more Republicans in the House of Representatives to challenge the Electoral College results in multiple states, including Arizona and Pennsylvania.
As they were preparing to do so, President Donald Trump was holding a rally not far from U.S. Capitol building, where Congress was meeting. Trump was the final speaker at the “Stop the Steal” rally.
After he spoke, protesters proceeded to the U.S. Capitol building. Some turned violent and stormed the Capitol building, forcing the Congress to halt proceedings and go into lockdown.
During the riot, five people died.
Before Wednesday, other Republicans were criticizing Hawley’s announced plans to object to the results. Ben Sasse of Nebraska wrote on Facebook:
“The president and his allies are playing with fire. They have been asking — first the courts, then state legislatures, now the Congress — to overturn the results of a presidential election.”
He said Hawley’s actions were those of “ambitious politicians who think there’s a quick way to tap into the president’s populist base without doing any real, long-term damage.”
Hawley stood his ground, though, and objected anyway.
Following Simon & Schuster’s announcement, Hawley published a scathing rebuke on Twitter, writing:
“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.”