Missouri's Republican Senator Josh Hawley's new book The Tyranny of Big Tech seemed like it might never see the light of day after the book's original publisher, Simon & Schuster, canceled its plans to publish it earlier this year.
Simon & Schuster decided to cut ties with Hawley after it was revealed he helped to instigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Hawley was even photographed raising a fist in solidarity with the mob—who would go on to storm the Capitol—before the riot began.
Hawley announced via Twitter on Monday that "corporate media" don't want you to read his book, but you can order it from Amazon.
"The corporate media and the woke mob don't want you to read this book."
"They tried to cancel it. They failed."
"One week until publication—order here."
While Simon & Schuster may have chosen to cancel their publishing contract with Hawley, the publishing company that eventually did agree to distribute the book is also part of the publishing giant—Regnery Publishing.
The hypocrisy of selling a book about big tech's tyrannical tendencies through one of the biggest tech companies and announcing it on another big tech platform wasn't lost on Twitter users.
They quickly began to roast Hawley in the replies to his tweet.
@HawleyMO Pretty funny he's yelling about censorship as it's being sold on Amazon and hocked on Twitter.— Rich Swinton 🇺🇸 (@Rich Swinton 🇺🇸)1619539940.0
@DorseyFilm @HawleyMO And here I thought irony was dead. 🤦♀️— 🌸🌼🌻🌞ProfTheatre 😷🧶🎭🌊 (@🌸🌼🌻🌞ProfTheatre 😷🧶🎭🌊)1619537932.0
@HereToRebuild @HawleyMO He’s literally this comic in action: https://t.co/lKJZoa0qrs— It is I, The Harp! Lyra Orpheus! (@It is I, The Harp! Lyra Orpheus!)1619563506.0
@HawleyMO Oh, look, the seditious insurrectionist and traitor is showing us just how NOT muzzled he is. GFY! https://t.co/h2AuQ6vLUm— JK Weston (@JK Weston)1619536640.0
@HawleyMO No thanks, I’m reading this one instead... https://t.co/yWdZbHUuue— Rich Hughes (@Rich Hughes)1619535662.0
Main accountability @HawleyMO faces after orchestrating violent insurrection that tried to assassinate vice-preside… https://t.co/w1EVKQmt3j— David Rothschild (@David Rothschild)1619536121.0
@HawleyMO Real quick-- what's the website you're using to profit from on your book again? Just that link there-- what website might that be?— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1619565198.0
@digiphile @JohnJHarwood @HawleyMO @amazon @Twitter @Apple He knows this and doesn’t care. Trying to shame him does… https://t.co/C0OP13GDnw— Brendan Baxter (@Brendan Baxter)1619574310.0
Several people referenced the RNC buying copies of Donald Trump Jr.'s book Triggered in 2019 to artificially inflate sales numbers.
@ErikNie98010336 @briantylercohen @HawleyMO Nah, they'll keep the price high while the RNC uses campaign contributi… https://t.co/HFSJ7U5dvS— Tony C 🇺🇸 (@Tony C 🇺🇸)1619567320.0
@HawleyMO Even though no actual humans will buy his crap book, the Republican Party will simply use donated money t… https://t.co/voeQvkWGw3— Ned Pyle (@Ned Pyle)1619559223.0
@CANCELtheGOP @HawleyMO Hold up. You've got to give him time to look up the definition of banal.— Trillimer (@Trillimer)1619535577.0
Meanwhile, some just chose to laugh derisively at Hawley himself instead.
@HawleyMO 😂😂🤣🤣 Yet it's published, and for sale, on 😂😂 Amazon. 😂😂😂 Y'all don't even know how to cry "oppressed", ri… https://t.co/5EfMV9rRoO— Sheri B Borges 🇧🇸🇧🇧🇺🇸 (@Sheri B Borges 🇧🇸🇧🇧🇺🇸)1619533933.0
@HawleyMO It's on Amazon, you whiny, traitorous little twerp.— Dennis Perkins (@Dennis Perkins)1619536577.0
More than 400 people have been charged for crimes related to the insurrection but the politicians who helped to foment the unrest, including Hawley, are not yet among them.