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.
We previously announced that we would be interviewing former DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen at @TheAtlanticFest next week. Nielsen’s team has let us know that she is no longer able to participate in the interview.
— The Atlantic Communications (@TheAtlanticPR) September 20, 2019
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.
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“The invitation was not rescinded, so that is 100 percent inaccurate,” a spokesperson for the Atlantic told The Hill, referring to the previous tweet indicating it was Nielsen’s decision to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.”
Our activism works. Nielsen backed out of the @TheAtlanticFest because we spoke out.
Other institutions thinking about providing a platform to people who worked w/ Trump to rip apart migrant families should know that the public backlash will be swift and powerful. #NoSoftLanding https://t.co/jXq33f2yzS
— CREDO Mobile (@CREDOMobile) September 20, 2019
“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.
Kirstjen Nielsen, you don’t get to separate families, cause long-lasting trauma to our kids, and think you can walk away scot-free. We will not forget the harm you’ve caused to our community. You don’t get to rehabilitate your image. Public pressure helps to #StopNormalizingHate https://t.co/iKlBeNCpEE
— Voto Latino (@votolatino) September 20, 2019
BREAKING: Kirstjen Nielsen will NOT be speaking at @TheAtlanticFest.
PUBLIC PRESSURE WORKS! Glad she’s not getting this platform to rehabilitate her image, but she shouldn’t have ever been invited.
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) September 20, 2019
“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.
— ?MAD_Hatter? (@1MAD_Hatter) September 21, 2019
These people are idiots! How better to hear the truth than from the person in charge of the agency?! Because you hate the man she worked with you protest her appearance? SMH!
— Connie Ryan (@RyanCryan2222) September 20, 2019
Liberal groups going to far. No more FREE speech in this country. They are the real facists. Kirstjen Nielsen cancels Atlantic Festival appearance after backlash from the left: reportshttps://t.co/WhdjzE9PCM
— Jim (@Jim20430800) September 21, 2019
Perhaps one day these lightweight liberals will have the brains and the balls to engage in a civil conversation about our differences and how we can make things better. I dont see how running away from it helps. I dont see how they can do a victory lap for this. It’s a fail.
— Randy (@RandyRsi) September 21, 2019
Your behavior is called bullying and harassment, which are essential components of hate. Therefore, you propagate hate. #StopNormalizingHate
— DudetheGuy (@realDudetheGuy) September 21, 2019
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