Simon & Schuster cancels Sen. Josh Hawley’s e-book following Capitol violence

Publisher Simon & Schuster introduced Thursday that it’s shelving Republican Sen. Josh Hawley’s e-book within the wake of a whole bunch of pro-Trump rioters swarming the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in four deaths and dozens of arrests.

The writer known as the occasions “disturbing” and a “deadly insurrection.”

“We did not come to this decision lightly,” the assertion mentioned. “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 one in all two high Republicans who led an effort to object to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden Electoral College victory, leveling baseless claims of fraud that have been inspired by President Donald Trump.

He has been pilloried by either side for his role in Wednesday’s occasions — and nonetheless went forward together with his objection to the Electoral College ends in Pennsylvania regardless of the violent breach. Congress, nevertheless affirmed Biden’s win in an early-morning vote on Thursday following the violence.

Hawley has been an outspoken critic of social media and different tech giants, resembling Facebook and Twitter. His e-book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” was slated to be launched on June 21.

“At a time when these platforms are determining elections, banning inconvenient political views, lining politicians’ pockets with hundreds of millions of dollars, and addicting our kids to screens, I want to draw attention to the robber barons of the modern era,” Hawley mentioned in an October statement announcing the book.

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Dartunorro Clark is a political reporter for NBC News.

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