Jan. 8 (UPI) — Simon & Schuster introduced it should not publish an upcoming ebook by Republican Sen. Josh Hawley following a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters besieging the Capitol constructing on Wednesday, leading to 5 deaths.
The corporate introduced its determination to not publish Hawley’s The Tyranny of Huge Tech in a press release on Thursday.
“We didn’t come to this determination flippantly. As a writer it should all the time be our mission to amplify quite a lot of voices and viewpoints: on the similar time we take significantly our bigger public duty as residents, and can’t assist Sen. Hawley after his function in what turned a harmful risk to our democracy and freedom,” the publishing home mentioned.
Hawley, a senator for Missouri and a Trump supporter, was one of many first and most vocal senators to object to Congress certifying states’ electoral votes that present President-elect Joe Biden had gained the 2020 presidential election.
On Wednesday whereas lawmakers in Congress had been trying to certify the electoral votes, the Capitol constructing was overrun by Trump supporters in opposition, bringing the proceedings to a halt. A Capitol Police officer who confronted the rioters was severely injured and pronounced useless Thursday evening on the hospital whereas a girl was shot useless by a police officer Wednesday throughout the constructing. Three others died on Capitol grounds attributable to medical emergencies.
In a press release Thursday night, Hawley described Simon & Schuster’s determination to tug his ebook as “an assault on the primary Modification.”
“We’ll see you in court docket,” he mentioned.
Following the breach of the Capitol, requires Hawley to resign got here from either side of the aisle, blaming him for attractive on the mob.
John Danforth, a former GOP senator for Missouri and a mentor to Hawley, advised the St. Louis Put up-Dispatch that “supporting Josh and making an attempt so arduous to get him elected to the Senate was the worst mistake I ever made in my life.”