Josh Hawley brutally mocked for railing against big tech while using big tech to promote his book
Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, one of the most stridently Trumpified Republicans in the U.S. Senate, has been railing nonstop against corporate America — especially big tech — for, as he sees it, promoting "woke" liberalism. And his new book, due out on May 4, is even titled "The Tyranny of Big Tech." But the far-right Republican is being mocked and ridiculed unmercifully for using big tech to slam big tech.
HuffPost reporter Ed Mazza explains, "Hawley, one of the ringleaders of the January 6 attempt in Congress to overturn the election results based on lies and conspiracy theories, complained on Tuesday about a vague conspiracy against his anti-tech book by 'corporate media and the woke mob.' Just one problem: He made that gripe on Twitter — via an iPhone — with a link promoting the book on Amazon.com."
In early January, Hawley announced that he would contest the results of the 2020 presidential election. And before Congress met to certify those results on January 6, Hawley infamously raised his arm in solidarity with a mob of Trump supporters gathered outside the U.S. Capitol Building — which was violently attacked that day. Hawley's critics, from liberals and progressives to Never Trump conservatives, denounced him as the face of insurrection.
But Hawley loves to paint himself as a victim, not an insurrectionist. And he was doing exactly that when, on April 27, he tweeted:
The corporate media and the woke mob don’t want you to read this book. They tried to cancel it. They failed. One we… https://t.co/6tdALM6BCp— Josh Hawley (@Josh Hawley) 1619531712
Here are some of the scathing responses to a tweet that was both self-pitying and self-aggrandizing:
@HawleyMO Poor Josh: the most oppressed victim in America today. Buy my book on woke mob corporate website Amazon!— Josh Hawley Must Go (@Josh Hawley Must Go) 1619531844
Hey, I see what you did there! You used big tech to promote your book on the tyranny of big tech! Can’t wait to cra… https://t.co/qKwHoz7zYN— Barbara Hall (@Barbara Hall) 1619538549
To market his book, Josh Hawley used an iPhone, Twitter and Amazon. More censorSHOP than censorship. https://t.co/BnaHMtftL8— Kara Swisher (@Kara Swisher) 1619581594
Josh Hawley: FUCK YOU BIG TECH AND WOKE MOB Also Josh Hawley: Tweets Amazon link to book that is readily available… https://t.co/klF02o7oNx— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill) 1619558032
No, Josh. You lost the first contract because you tried to "cancel" American constitutional democracy to promote yo… https://t.co/QeRtYOjYQi— Frank Bowman (@Frank Bowman) 1619540303
Is the Amazon link a troll, or a mark of genuine cognitive limitations? https://t.co/0h2azdHtxL— Matthew Sitman (@Matthew Sitman) 1619548060
@HawleyMO Doesn't this marketing campaign feel banal when you know that GOP bulk buys will make this a "best seller… https://t.co/54ca16vUfa— CANCELtheGOP (@CANCELtheGOP) 1619531840
@HawleyMO The tyranny of big tech.. available on the biggest tech platform there is. I'll buy the insurrection mem… https://t.co/IPkuMA7kkz— Chad (@Chad) 1619532077
@HawleyMO I don’t want to read this book, you’re an insurrectionist. I can make my own choices Don’t you have to… https://t.co/HykHUgIdUN— Karissa François-Marie (@Karissa François-Marie) 1619532409
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