Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan requested in a letter on Monday that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler convene a hearing on cancel culture citing its “dangerous trend” across the nation.
“The wave of cancel culture spreading [in] the nation is a serious threat to fundamental free speech rights in the United States. From newsrooms to college campuses to social media giants, we have seen a dangerous trend toward silencing and censoring certain political speech,” Jordan, who is the ranking member on the committee, wrote in his letter to Nadler.
“As the committee entrusted with upholding the Constitution and our fundamental liberties, our first full committee hearing for the 117th Congress must examine this cancel culture sweeping America,” implored Jordan.
“Cancel culture” refers to censoring those who do not share the same political or social beliefs as those in power. It can present itself in numerous ways… from firing someone, to forcing them to modify their speech or behavior, to un-personing them on social media platforms.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) March 1, 2021
“Cancel culture is a dangerous phenomenon whether you agree or disagree with the views being censored,” Jordan argued. “Our society must always promote the free exchange of ideas, not cancel the ideas with which we disagree. If cancel culture continues unchallenged, it is not just the unpopular or controversial viewpoints that are at risk.”
“Every viewpoint and every idea—whether widely accepted now or not—runs the risk of eventually falling into disfavor with the ever-changing standards of cancel culture,” the conservative lawmaker wrote.
“Cancel culture’s long-term consequence to our democracy and our constitutional framework are serious and substantial,” he went on. “We must fight this trend before it is too late… There is no better issue on which Republican and Democrats can work together… than to address the scourge of cancel culture in the United States.”
Jordan went on to posit that “our shared commitment to free speech principles is eroding under demands for the censorship and silencing of certain speech.”
“College campuses have canceled lectures because students disagree with the speaker. An editor for America’s newspaper of record was forced to resign for publishing an opinion piece by a Republican Senator with which the newsroom disagreed,” Jordan wrote to Nadler.
“Amazon has refused to sell books reflecting certain political views, and Twitter and Facebook have censored and de-platformed prominent conservatives—including the sitting President of the United States. Most recently, two Democrat Members of Congress wrote to twelve cable companies demanding that they not broadcast certain news networks,” the Ohio Republican stated.
Those two House Democrats are California Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney. Last month, they sent a letter to a dozen cable companies including AT&T and Verizon that demanded to know whether they planned to drop Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News allegedly over their political views.
Trump also addressed cancel culture at CPAC this year. “For the next four years, the brave Republicans in this room will be at the heart of the effort to oppose the radical Democrats, the fake news media, and their toxic cancel culture,” Trump warned. “And I want you to know that I am going to continue to fight right by your side. We will do what we have done right from the beginning which is to win.”
Nadler (D-NY) will likely deny the request and it is unknown if the issue should even be under his purview. Republicans and Democrats are growing more and more concerned with the threat to free speech in America. Cancel culture looks to be a hot topic for the upcoming 2022 midterm elections and it is sure to be brought up over and over again in the interim.
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