Simon & Schuster employees tell publisher no book deals for Trump administration authors

The petition collected 216 signatures, roughly 14% of the company workforce.

Updated: April 27, 2021 - 8:23am

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Employees at Simon & Schuster have submitted a petition demanding the publishing company not make book deals with former Trump administration officials, following one for a memoir from former Vice President Mike Pence.

They submitted the petition Monday to upper management with 216 signatures, which is 14 percent of the company's workforce, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

Employees asked the management not to treat "the Trump administration as a 'normal' chapter in American history."

The letter was sent to Simon & Schuster’s CEO Jonathan Karp, and publisher Dana Canedy. The company has not commented about the petition publicly.

In thee petition letter, signers argued Pence was homophobic, racist and sexist. Pence signed a seven-figure two-book deal earlier in April.

Signers also for Simon & Schuster to cut ties with the conservative imprint Post Hill Press.