Senator Josh Hawley, one of the morons who decided to waste time objecting to Biden’s election win and spewing dangerous alt-right conspiracy theories during Congress’s rubber-stamping of election results yesterday, is now upset that publisher Simon & Schuster have canceled the release of his upcoming book. On Twitter, Hawley whines that this is “a direct assault on the First Amendment,” and “only approved speech can now be published.”
Unfortunately for Hawley, that’s not how the First Amendment works. It’s always amazing to me how willfully ignorant people can become of things like the First Amendment when they feel personally slighted by a social media company or book publisher. Simon & Schuster has no obligation to reprint Hawley’s conspiracy theories anymore than The New York Times has any obligation to publish Pizza Emoji posts in their newspaper. The First Amendment doesn’t apply to private citizens or companies: the law is only applies to the US Government preventing speech — and America is one of the few countries in the world with this basic legal protection!
Hawley, in his Twitter post, threatens legal action, but he doesn’t have a leg to stand on, and if he didn’t have his head firmly planted up Donald Trump’s big white ass, he’d know this.
“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.”
It is entirely Simon & Schuster’s right to decide who’s words they print, and I applaud them for silencing the words of a dangerously insane conspiracy theorist.