The publishing house Simon & Schuster announced on Thursday that they would be canceling the publication of a book from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) following the attacks on the U.S. Capitol.
The book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” was to argue that tech companies are “the gravest threat to American liberty since the monopolies of the Gilded Age.”
According to Simon & Schuster, the decision was made as a result of Hawley’s role in the riot; while he did not explicitly endorse it, he did help spread Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories about the election.
He was also photographed waving to the rioters shortly before the attack.
“As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints,” said Simon & Schuster in their statement. “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.”
Statement from Simon & Schuster on their decision to cancel the publication of Josh Hawley’s upcoming book: pic.twitter.com/3d6ZymiybJ
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