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SIMON & SCHUSTER CANCELS PLANS FOR SENATOR HAWLEY’S BOOK

Simon & Schuster said that it would cancel the publication of an upcoming book by Senator Josh Hawley, one of several members of Congress who tried to overturn the results of the presidential election, Elizabeth A. Harris and Alexandra Alter reported for the New York Times.

Mr. Hawley, a Missouri Republican and Trump ally, has been criticized for challenging the results and accused of helping incite the mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. His book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” was scheduled to be published in June.


“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster said in a statement. “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.”


In a statement posted to Twitter, Mr. Hawley said that the cancellation of his book was an affront to the First Amendment.


Hawley’s political backer, who funded his campaign to become attorney general in Missouri and later secure a Senate seat, also denounced him as a “political opportunist” while others have demanded that Hawley and Texas Senator Ted Cruz be censured and kicked out of the Senate for trying to overturn the result of the Nov. 3 presidential race and spurring the attack on the Capitol.



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