Some of the domestic terrorists who struck on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 carried guns into the hallowed halls of Congress, broke windows, stole documents, vandalized offices, and tried to overthrow the government. Others weren’t on Capitol Hill, but they stood on a dais telling those who planned to march there to go ahead and do it. One helped stoke tensions that led to the angry mob’s gathering and walked by them with a fist raised in solidarity shortly before they stormed the Capitol building and sent elected officials fleeing for their lives.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) January 7, 2021
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was one of only eight senators to reject the electoral college votes on Wednesday night once members of Congress were able to leave the lockdown and complete their jobs. Even after walking past them with his fist raised, even after needing to hide in an undisclosed location to protect his own life and those of his colleague’s and vice president’s, Hawley continued to lie about the 2020 election.
Now, he’s lost an upcoming book deal as a result. Simon & Schuster announced on Thursday that the planned to cancel the release of Hawley’s book The Tyranny of Big Tech.
There are those on the right who will make noise about freedom of speech, but a book publishing company has the discretion to print or not print any book they like. When speech becomes dangerous, when it incites riots and leads to the deaths of four people, when it causes armed insurrectionists to storm Congress, allowing it to continue is not what the founders of our country meant by free speech.
Twitter was mostly happy about the news, saying that all of those responsible for this attempted coup should be held accountable. Read some of their comments below:
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