Simon & Schuster has canceled a book deal with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) “after witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.,” the publishing house said in a statement Thursday, which was reported by CNN’s Brian Stelter.
Hawley had been slated to publish a book titled “The Tyranny of Big Tech” that argued that big tech companies “represent the gravest threat to American liberty since the monopolies of the Gilded Age,” and that Hawley would propose “a democratic, hopeful path forward,” according to a description of the book that remains on Simon & Schuster’s website.
The publisher said it did not come to the decision lightly.
“As a publisher it has always been 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,” the statement read.
Hawley responded to the cancellation with a tweet decrying the publisher as a “woke mob” and pledged to sue. He defended leading objections Wednesday to the electoral college votes as simply representing his constituents.
“This is the Left looking to cancel everyone they don’t approve of,” he said in a statement. “I will fight this cancel culture with everything I have.”
Hawley also faced rebukes from his allies for supporting President Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud and leading the efforts to object to the electoral college certification process on Wednesday.
“He has now revealed himself as a political opportunist willing to subvert the Constitution and the ideals of the nation he swore to uphold,” David Humphreys, president and chief executive of Tamko Building Products, said in a statement to the newspaper.
Separately, one of Hawley’s former mentors, former senator John Danforth (R-Mo.), said he regretted ever supporting someone he once called a “once-in-a-generation” candidate.
Nurturing Hawley’s career “was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life,” Danforth told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I don’t know if he was always like this and good at covering it up or if it happened. I just don’t know.”