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If GOP Didn't Have Problem With Cancel Culture in Past, Why Now?

by Todd A. Smith

 

 

Stop the Charade


During the 2020 presidential election, Republicans would often yell, “Stop the steal.”


Well, Republicans need to stop the charade about them hating cancel culture because when people, companies and organizations have gone against their will, they have led the charge to cancel those entities and individuals.


In doing so, the Republican Party has proven how hypocritical they are when it comes to the phenomenon of cancel culture.


Slate reported, “Former President Donald Trump said ‘cancel culture’ has run amok, so Republicans better start making their own cancelations. Trump issued a bitter message Saturday in which he stoked divisions over Georgia’s restrictive new voting law.


“It came a day after he urged a boycott of ‘woke companies,’ including Major League Baseball for moving its All-Star Game out of Georgia. He later expanded the list of companies that he says supporters should boycott for opposing Georgia’s voting restrictions.


“Trump pointed the finger at ‘radical left Democrats,’ claiming they ‘have played dirty’ for years by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them…So it’s time for Republicans to ‘fight back’ and push their own boycotts, which should be successful by far because ‘we have more people than they do—by far!’


“Trump called on supporters t0 ‘boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck.’”


The ousted former president even made his redundant claim that the radical left Democrats would destroy America, as if that is even possible after the damage already done under his presidency.


Nevertheless, two things stick out as lies in former President Trump’s ridiculous calls for boycotts and cancel culture.


It seems that the Republican Party, especially Trump, had no problem with organizations like the National Football League (NFL) canceling outspoken and political athletes like Colin Kaepernick.


At a campaign rally, Trump even wished that NFL owners would drag those uppity Negroes (that’s a paraphrase) off of the field, and tell them that they were fired.


When athletes across the NFL, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association (NBA) began protesting systemic racism and police brutality during the National Anthem, many on the right vowed to never watch those sports again.


Many on the right turned their televisions off when the NBA painted Black Lives Matter on the court in the NBA’s bubble in 2020.


Many on the right tuned out when many NBA players printed political messages on the back of their jerseys.


Many on the right stopped watching Hollywood award shows because many recipients used their acceptance speeches to bring awareness to a political issue that resonated with them.


Many on the right blackballed country music group The Dixie Chicks when they spoke out against former President George W. Bush.


Many on the right boycotted comedian Whoopi Goldberg when she made a sexual joke about former President Bush in 2004, causing her to lose national endorsements.


Decades ago, many on the right boycotted James Brown when he made the song “Say it Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud).”


Therefore, cancel culture has never seemed to be a problem for the Republican Party when they are in fact doing the canceling.


However, the minute that the shoe is on the other foot, the Republicans cry like hypocritical losers.


In fact, the biggest instance of Republicans using cancel culture to their benefit is the fact that they are desperately trying to cancel many voters by making it more difficult to access the ballot box.


It started with voter purges, which in effect canceled the voting rights of many legally registered voters in the state of Georgia.


It continued with the slowing down of the postal service, making it more difficult to return mail-in ballots in a timely manner.


It continued with the closing of many voting locations in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.


When it comes to voting rights, cancel culture continued by limiting early voting times and hours in some locations.


The cancel culture epidemic that has infested the GOP continued as Trump tried to get governors to overthrow legal votes because he lost in those particular states.


Cancel culture continued for the Republican Party when insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to overthrow American democracy by tossing out votes that did not go Trump’s way.


Therefore, when Trump talks about cancel culture he ignores his role in the whole phenomenon.


Isn’t Trump the same person that would fire anyone on his staff for disagreeing with him or standing up to him?


That epitomizes cancel culture.


Furthermore, Trump said that his supporters outnumber the people on the other side of the political aisle.


Hello.


If that were the case, wouldn’t he have won reelection?


As a matter of fact, Trump lost the popular vote in 2016 and 2020.


So, his supporters cannot possibly outnumber his opponents.


That is just simple arithmetic.


Additionally, the Democratic Party won the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives.


So, if any group has more supporters at this time it is the Democrats, not the Republicans.


Honestly, those companies on Trump’s hit list like Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and others have nothing to fear from Trump’s idle threats.


Trump’s presidency was one of the most polarizing in United States history.


Sure, he has rabid supporters.


However, he also has passionate detractors, like me.


Therefore, any company that Trump is boycotting is a company that deserves my money.


So, the next time you see me sipping on a Coca-Cola in first class on a Delta Airlines flight (bought from my Chase debit card) watching Black Entertainment Television, which is owned by ViacomCBS, know for a fact that those companies that Trump wants canceled, are companies that I will champion.

This article was published on Friday 09 April, 2021.
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