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A planned book by Senator Josh Hawley, who objected to President-elect Joe Biden’s win and backed baseless claims that the election was stolen, has been cancelled by its publisher after a Capitol siege in Washington by a mob of pro-Trump supporters, a decision the Missouri Republican called “Orwellian” and vowed to fight in court.
In a statement on Thursday, Simon & Schuster 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,” the publisher added. “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.”
Mr Hawley is a leading backer of President Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen and that he prevailed over Mr Biden.