Blame is a dirty game, especially when it’s used to disguise those who truly deserve it.
Thursday, the book publisher Simon & Schuster announced it had canceled plans to publish Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) upcoming book The Tyranny of Big Tech amid the recent storming of the U.S. Capitol. The publication says Hawley’s role in objecting to the electoral results of the presidential election was a “dangerous threat to democracy and freedom.”
Is Simon & Schuster partly blaming Hawley for the violence at the U.S. Capitol? Is the publication that blind to what led to the disgusting act in Washington? Based on the following statement, it appears so:
“After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, DC, Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel the publication of Sen. Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book.”
Sen. Hawley plans to fight back against Simon & Schuster and cancel culture:
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 7, 2021
The Left’s extensions in the media, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and corporate America are determined to blame their conservative enemies for crimes committed by those who turned a peaceful protest into a violent scene. I’d much prefer we put the blame solely on those who acted in violence and instead work together toward easing the country’s divide. I’ve long had the belief that unless a prominent figure encourages violence — which neither Donald Trump nor Hawley did — blaming them only excuses strangers who carried out criminal activity.
There is no excuse for violence. None. But since others have demanded that we have this conversation and dig up what led to Wednesday’s boiling point, let’s do it.
Silence is precisely the reason Trump supporters are so angry, and decisions like the one from Simon & Schuster makes them feel like their voices are being pushed away, punished, and no longer important.
Whether accusations of voter fraud are accurate, somewhat accurate, or completely false, this week’s protesters gathered together primarily because they believe that their votes in November didn’t matter. These same feel suppressed on social media, a grievance which, unlike voter fraud, has been proven true.
Just yesterday, Facebook blocked the President from posting indefinitely. Twitter threatened to ban Trump permanently if he continued to propagate ideas about voter fraud. Big Tech’s answer to the concerns of the president and average Americans alike has been to come down even harder, leaving even less doubt about their intentions to silence dissent.
Trump supporters also see decisions made in other influential industries as politically-driven, an undeniable level of hypocrisy. They believe that Hollywood, sports, pop culture not only lean left but want to silence and omit those who disagree with their leftist ideas. Members of all three industries supported riots this summer. Now, many of these same people want the 25th Amendment invoked over the riot at the Capitol building and book publications canceled.
Like Big Tech, the media, and politicians — Simon & Schuster’s response to the widespread frustrations among Trump supporters has been to censor another voice who represents them. No one’s voice or frustration should lead to violence, but they should lead to honest conversations. Such conversations are impossible if one side has been muzzled.
Simon & Schuster is guaranteed to get more retweets, cheers, and puff pieces from the New York Times amid their decision to cancel business with Josh Hawley. Simon & Schuster’s decision will also come with lost support among conservatives, more anger from those already in dismay, and a greater divide in the country. Perhaps, for the publication, that’s a win. But for America, it’s an unequivocal loss.