Take a look around the nation and with all the inequality, the racial injustice, the crisis in healthcare, the rise in homelessness, the climate catastrophe and so much more, it’s clear that the single most important problem the country needs to address is… cancel culture. At least that’s what the folks running this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) must believe, because the theme of this year’s event is “America Uncanceled.” Well, most of America, anyway, since one planned speaker was removed from the event because, according to organizers, he “expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization.” So just that one cancelation then. Otherwise, uncanceled! Ah, Republicans and hypocrisy - as perfect a pairing as Leopold and Loeb.
In this clip from The Damage Report, John and Aida discuss Republicans’ growing fake concern about “cancel culture,” which to them generally means that they want to be able to criticize anyone they like but do not wish to face the same sort of criticism themselves. "Cancel culture” is merely an updated version of the 1990s-era attack on “political correctness,” Aida says, and what the right calls “canceling” is merely facing consequences for one’s own statements and actions. Aren’t Republicans supposed to be the party of personal responsibility?
Even worse, John says, these anti-cancel culture warriors on the right actually LOVE to be “canceled” because they then wear the label with pride and use their alleged cancelation from “liberals” or “the left” or “the radical left” to build their personal brands and gain clout.
“The entire thing is just so fundamentally dishonest from top to bottom,” he says.