So what would not being muzzled look like?

Josh Hawley is a piece of work.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, called out Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, for claiming in a widely read op-ed that he’s been “muzzled.”

In a cover essay published by the New York Post on Monday, Hawley claimed that he’d been “canceled” and “muzzled” in the U.S. The title of Hawley’s essay is “It’s time to stand up against the muzzling of America.” The GOP lawmaker, who has been widely criticized for formally objecting to Arizona’s and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes when they were certified by Congress earlier this month, linked to the article in a tweet Ocasio-Cortez later retweeted with criticism.

The New York Post is owned by the powerful Murdoch family, who also own Fox News. Headed by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, the family is estimated by Forbes to be worth approximately $20.6 billion. The New York Post was ranked in 2019 by Cision, a public relations and software company, as the fourth most widely distributed daily newspaper in the country. The newspaper’s website says that it had more than 73 million unique visitors in November and more than 400 million page views.

The New York Post probably wouldn’t publish anything I wrote; does that make me muzzled?

Ocasio-Cortez is right about his deep unpopularity:

Senator Josh Hawley’s former academic adviser at Stanford University says he’s “distressed” and “bamboozled” by the Missouri Republican’s actions surrounding to the January 6 insurrection against the U.S. Capitol.

The raised fist, for instance, which was swiftly followed by the violent attack on the Capitol.

“I am more than a little bamboozled by it, certainly distressed by it,” David Kennedy, a professor emeritus of history at Stanford told The Kansas City Star for an article published on Sunday. Kennedy served as Hawley’s academic adviser when the future senator attended the elite university; he later penned a foreword for a 2008 book Hawley wrote about former President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

A number of corporations and companies have announced that they will no longer contribute financially to Republican lawmakers, such as Hawley, who objected to the certification of Biden’s win.

Is that the “muzzling”? But nobody has to contribute financially to any lawmakers, and not doing so certainly isn’t censorship.

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