If you thought “Kraken” Sidney Powell was the dumbest attorney on TeamMaga, allow me to introduce the newly minted Senator from Missouri Josh Hawley.
Hawley, who started his first week of work with a fist in solidarity with Trump’s domestic terrorists when they attacked the Capitol, is sad. First, although he told Congress in his best Demi Moore, “But I firmly reject the election!”, Congress overwhelmingly certified Joe Biden’s victory.
Then Hawley’s day got worse. After Simon & Schuster saw Josh literally cheer as a maga mob ravaged the Capitol, they canceled plans to publish Hawley’s book, Tyranny of Big Tech, or “Why Is the Internet So Mean for Nazis?”
Hawley, a graduate of Yale Law School, issued a press release claiming Simon & Schuster violated the First Amendment and threatened the publisher with unspecified dire consequences if they did not reverse course.
Hawley either slept during his Con Law class or Yale owes him a refund. The first change only applies to state language restrictions. It doesn’t limit the types of speech that private companies may or may not allow. Simon & Schuster could change its mission statement to “No Trump-loving Domestic Terrorists Allowed” and it would still not violate the first amendment, as the first amendment does not restrict what Simon & Schuster can do, only what Mr. Hawley considers to be Senator, can do.
What does that mean? Aside from America’s questioning the Yale curriculum, it means Hawley would be in violation of the First Amendment if he carried out his threat and tried to pass law against Simon & Schuster or otherwise punish him for letting him Pulled his book, you can bet that unlike Josh at law school, the lawyers at Simon & Schuster were paying attention.