Publisher axes Sen. Hawley's book, blaming him for riots

Saturday, January 9, 2021
Michael F. Haverluck (

U.S. Capitol 3Left-leaning publishing house Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that it is canceling its plans to publish a book written by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), blaming its decision on “his role” in Wednesday’s “deadly insurrection” of Trump supporters at the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Hawley – who has been a loyal supporter of President Donald Trump and his challenge of Democrat Joe Biden’s  fraudulent presidential win – was targeted by the far-left publisher that has unapologetically shown itself to be anti-Trump over the past four years.

Blaming Hawley for violence he did not incite

Despite the fact that Hawley in no way encouraged or condoned the violence, Simon & Schuster issued a public statement that essentially blamed him for all the deaths and injuries that took place during the storming of the Capitol building where the U.S. Congress was preparing to certify Biden’s Electoral College victory.

“After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley's forthcoming book, THE TYRANNY OF BIG TECH,” Simon & Schuster tweeted Thursday. “We did not come to this decision lightly. As a publisher, it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voice 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.”

Consider yourself sued …

Hawley shot back by threatening to sue Simon & Schuster, attacking it on Twitter for feigning a moral stance as its excuse for backing out of the book deal, while also exposing the publisher for its role in silencing conservative viewpoints.

“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,” Hawley tweeted in response. “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.”

It is well known that Hawley has been a target of the left and the Establishment in Washington, D.C. for bringing to light the massive perpetration and coverup of voter fraud that took place from coast to coast during November’s presidential election.

“Hawley, who was the first senator to declare he would object to some of Biden's electoral votes, has faced heavy criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for leading the charge in the upper chamber that was followed by roughly a dozen more GOP members who promised to contest the election results along with more than 100 House Republicans,” TheBlaze reported. “Hawley stayed the course and contested the Electoral College votes in some states –along with a handful of his colleagues – but the junior senator from Missouri has faced the harshest criticism for leading the charge in challenging the election results in the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol.”

The violent protest ended up damaging – rather than helping – their cause.

“After the Capitol was sieged in an attack that caused lawmakers to flee the House and Senate chambers and left one protester fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer, some Republicans changed their minds,” TheBlaze added. “Ultimately, the Electoral College votes were overwhelmingly approved.”

After the siege of the Capitol, Hawley was asked by the pro-Biden media if he thought Trump should get any of the blame.

"I don't think urging people to come to the Capitol was a good idea," the Missouri senator told CNN. "[But] the responsibility of violent criminal acts is with violent criminals."

Cashing in on chaos

Local newspapers did not let this crisis go to waste and were quick to retrieve quotes showing disunity in the Republican Party.

"Supporting Josh and trying so hard to get him elected to the Senate was the worst mistake I ever made in my life," former Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.) was quoted Thursday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Saying nothing about the hundreds of violent riots, killing of police and looting that Democrats and the left have ignored and refused to condemn over the past year, another Missouri daily honed in on Wednesday’s siege as if it were the only act of lawlessness worthy of reporting in recent months … saying little to nothing about how Trump and all Republican leaders have unequivocally denounced the violence in D.C.

“Sen. Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in [a] Capitol coup attempt,” the editorial board of the Kansas City Star declared Wednesday. “No one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible for Wednesday’s coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol than one Joshua David Hawley … who put out a fundraising appeal while the siege was underway.”



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