Following former Vice President Mike Pence's deal with publisher Simon & Schuster to write a two-book account of his time in office, employees at the firm have generated a petition to force the company to stop any future deals with Trump administration officials.
A total of 216 company employees, roughly 14% of its workforce, signed the petition that claimed any book deals with Trump team members was "perpetuating white supremacy."
"By choosing to publish Mike Pence, Simon & Schuster is generating wealth for a central figure of a presidency that unequivocally advocated for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Blackness, xenophobia, misogyny, ableism, islamophobia, antisemitism, and violence," the petition said. "This is not a difference of opinions; this is legitimizing bigotry.
Signatories to the document demanded "ongoing reevaluations of all clients, authors, distribution deals" in an effort to stop the promotion of "white supremacist content."
Simon & Schuster has not responded directly to the petition.
🔦 Last year, the company published books from both sides of the political aisle, including "Live Free or Die" by Sean Hannity and "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir" by John Bolton.