Cancel culture has begun materializing in politics as of late. In many cases, a person who made controversial remarks or statements in the past will be targeted by a certain group of people and then subjected to losing present and future opportunities.
While cancel culture is more often than not employed by leftists, conservatives have been openly against it. In fact, Republicans warn that cancel culture is innately hostile towards freedom of speech. Democrats, on the other hand, tend to endorse cancel culture when the person being cancelled doesn’t subscribe to left-wing ideology.
On Thursday, GOP congressional Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke out against cancel culture, noting its inherent harm and danger, Newsmax reports.
The House Minority Leader on Cancel Culture
The conversation about cancel culture arrived when McCarthy was asked on Fox News about GOP Rep. Liz Cheney. Cheney has remained highly critical of former President Donald Trump since the January 6 riots; per Cheney, Trump incited these riots and should therefore have no position as a leader in the Republican Party or the nation.
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— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 26, 2021
When Fox News asked for McCarthy’s views on this stance, the House Minority Leader explained that he doesn’t subscribe to “cancel culture.” McCarthy additionally noted that he believes in free speech and that the GOP remains a “big tent.”
The GOP leader then went on to remark that the Republican Party is a “party of ideas” that people should be hearing and listening to.
Bringing Together the Republican Coalition
Kevin McCarthy, as House Minority Leader, has been working hard to bring together the GOP. In his position, this requires walking the fine line of not alienating the populist Trump coalition or the more traditional GOP establishment.
McCarthy and Cheney have openly differed on their views regarding Trump and his appropriate role in the GOP; however, unlike other Republicans, McCarthy has not joined calls for Cheney to resign or otherwise face expulsion from the GOP.
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) February 26, 2021
While on Fox News, the House Minority Leader made a point of noting that he opposes cancel culture when it comes to both Republicans and Democrats alike. The questions about Trump also arrived as the former president is set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference on this upcoming Sunday.
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