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Republicans Embrace Cancel Culture

“Cancel culture is cancel culture no matter how you look at it. Unfortunately, I think there are those that are trying to silence others in the party.” – Sen. Joni Ernst 

In this particular case, the GOP is also choosing to cancel the undeniable truth—that Trump is a loser who lost the 2020 election fair and square. As a spinoff, the Republican party is also canceling any elected GOP official, like the respected Rep. Liz Chaney of Wyoming, who will not recite verbatim the “the big lie” and say a fair election was rigged. 

Cheney is a traditional conservative Republican. But on a cowardly voice vote, designed to be anonymous and eliminate any negative election consequences for those “canceling” her, Cheney was removed from the third-most powerful position in the House GOP. Her offense? Daring to speak the truth about the 2020 election and Donald Trump’s obvious role in the ensuing Jan. 6 violent insurrection. 

Cheney’s views on virtually every substantive topic are clearly and consistently right of center, as were her father’s. Her replacement, on the other hand, Rep. Elise Stefanik, is a political moderate with a low conservative rating by the American Conservative Union of only 44%, versus 78% for Cheney. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy scores an 85%. The Heritage Action group figures are very much the same, showing Cheney much more conservative and in line with McCarthy. 

Clearly, Stefanik is just an unprincipled opportunist who saw a path to advance herself by repeating Trump’s big lie and getting his support. Yet, McCarthy stated that Cheney must be removed for the good of the party. He stated he is “concerned about [Cheney’s] ability to carry out the job… to carry out the message.” And it’s crystal clear what “the message” is, to defend Trump no matter the truth.