Wednesday’s events at the Capitol have sent shockwaves through the country, whether it be the decreasing support of Presidential allies, claims of fraudulent election becoming more scarce, or Missouri Senator Josh Hawley’s book being canceled.
Clearly these events are not all equal, but the Senator, after showing a fist of support for the rioters at the Capitol and pushing claims of election fraud, is having his book canceled by the publisher. He continued to be one of the six senators who raised an objection to certifying Joe Biden as president, after the attack had occurred.
Most shockingly, Hawley claims that this book cancellation is an infringement on his first Amendment rights, and is an “Orwellian” attack on his freedom of speech. According to Hawley, this is “the Left looking to cancel everyone they don’t approve of”. Of course, as a Yale Law graduate himself, he should know that forcing private companies to publish his content is not nearly the same thing as the first amendment. The first amendment protects against governmental control of freedom of speech, not book deals.
This is not the first time Hawley has been notably canceled. Former Senator John Danforth had supported Hawley for several years, even hoping for him to become a Presidential candidate in 2024. Fast forward to 2021, however, and Danforth reflects, “I did my best to encourage people to support him both for attorney general and later the U.S. Senate and it was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life.”
After a heavy and history-making first week of 2021, Hawley must now not only deal with a tattered book deal, but a tattered reputation.