(FiveNation)- Simon & Schuster may have said no to Senator Josh Hawley, but his upcoming book didn’t go without a publisher for very long.
This week, a “conservative publishing house based in Washington,” Regnery Publishing, announced it would pick up and publish the Missouri Republican Senator’s upcoming book.
The book, titled “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” was set to be published by Simon & Schuster. However, the company announced it was dropping Hawley as a client following what they said was his “role” in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.
In a statement, Regnery Publishing told the Washington Examiner:
“Despite Senator Hawley’s immediate and forceful condemnation of the violent incursion, social media teemed with calls for retribution for his objection to the certification of the electoral vote. The next day … Simon & Schuster announced that it was dropping Hawley’s book, accusing Hawley of complicity in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the New York-based publishing conglomerate made the Missouri Republican one of the highest-profile victims of the ‘cancel culture.’
“It’s discouraging to see [these publishers] cower before the ‘woke mob,’ as Senator Hawley correctly calls it. Regnery is proud to stand in the breach with him. And the warning in his book about censorship obviously couldn’t be more urgent.”
Current plans are for the book to be released sometime this spring.
Hawley was the most vocal Republican Senator who challenged the Electoral Vote count in both Arizona and Pennsylvania. During Congress’ certification process on January 6, Hawley first challenged the count in Arizona.
It was following that move that people gathered at a rally for President Donald Trump marched to the U.S. Capitol building, where a group of them eventually stormed the building in a violent attack. Both chambers of Congress were forced into lockdown while this was going on.
After the situation was under control, both chambers resumed debating the Arizona electoral vote count. Hawley took his time to continue to argue against the count, and said he intended to still challenge the vote count in Pennsylvania.
That gave rise to a lot of criticism against him, with some liberals claiming that Hawley was at the very least complicit in the violence due to his actions.
On January 7, one day after the attacks at the Capitol building, Simon & Schuster released a statement saying they would no longer publish his book. They said:
“After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book, THE TYRANNY OF BIG TECH. We did not come to this decision lightly. As a publisher, it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voice 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.”