Leftists claim victory for bullying Kirstjen Nielsen into canceling appearance

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has canceled a media speaking event and liberal groups are taking the credit.

The former Trump administration official was scheduled to take part in a three-day festival hosted by The Atlantic next week but reportedly was “no longer able to participate,” according to the magazine.

“I wanted to let everyone know that Kirstjen Nielsen’s team has let us know that she is no longer able to participate in TAF [The Atlantic Festival],” Margaret Low, president of AtlanticLive, wrote in an email to staff, according to The Hill. “We will relay this update to media and audiences this morning.”

The Atlantic Communications tweeted the message about the Washington, D.C. event on Friday.

Progressive groups immediately took the credit for having “forced” Nielsen, who left the Trump administration in April, to cancel her appearance.

“Public pressure from thousands of CREDO members and grassroots activists forced Kirstjen Nielsen to withdraw from the Atlantic Fest, which is a huge victory and should set a precedent for not putting profits over morals when it comes to Trump administration alumni,” Credo Action campaign director Nicole Regalado said.

“No one from Trump’s administration should get a soft landing to sanitize their actions while supporting and pushing forward a white nationalist, fascist agenda,” she added.

(Photos by Mani Albrecht, U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Sources told The Hill that some Atlantic staffers had also voiced their disapproval of the decision to include Nielsen in the festival. They reportedly pressured the magazine’s management to revoke the invitation.

“The invitation was not rescinded, so that is 100 percent inaccurate,” a spokesperson for the Atlantic told The Hill, referring to the previous tweet indicating it was Nielsen’s decision to cancel.

The announcement of Nielsen to the speaking lineup came earlier this week as the magazine rolled out an update to the Sept. 24-26 event which is slated to include more than 100 speakers, including  former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice; former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and  Disney CEO Bob Iger.

“The Atlantic Festival will also interview former Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen about, among other things, the Trump administration’s immigration policy, which she implemented as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.” the magazine announced.

President Trump’s former defense secretary Jim Mattis and current Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II are also scheduled to speak and have not cancelled their appearances at the event which, ironically, will feature a screening of the Discovery Channel documentary series “Why We Hate” which will reportedly be “exploring the human capacity for hatred—and how we can overcome it.”

Progressive grassroots group CREDO Action claimed victory in Nielsen’s speaking withdrawal, declaring: “Public pressure from thousands of CREDO members and grassroots activists forced Kirstjen Nielsen to withdraw from the Atlantic Fest, which is a huge victory and should set a precedent for not putting profits over morals when it comes to Trump administration alumni.”

“We will continue to lean on media conglomerates and other corporations to think twice about providing a platform to people who worked hand-in-hand with Trump to separate families, lock babies up in cages, and terrorize communities of color,” the group said. “Public backlash will be swift and powerful for anyone who tries to help rehabilitate the reputations of Trump’s top henchmen.”

The left’s “cancel culture” and bullying tactics were on full display on Twitter in response to Nielsen’s announced cancellation.

“Good—but she never should have been invited in the first place,” Daily Kos author Gabe Ortiz said. “Nielsen’s role in implementing the administration’s inhumane family separation policy will be remembered as one of the darkest times in modern U.S. history.”

Liberals used their mob tactics to attack Nielsen last year over Trump’s immigration policies, harassing her in a Washington, D.C. restaurant and forcing her to leave.

The left’s threats and intimidation were slammed by Twitter users who called out their efforts to silence any voices opposed to their agenda.

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