Progressives have fully embraced the notion of “canceling” those who dare to dissent from their orthodoxy, destroying the reputations and livelihoods of anyone who fails to toe their party line.
President Donald Trump, however, is not one to sit idly by and watch it happen, and he called out the left’s embrace of “cancel culture” in stark terms during his speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota on Friday.
Trump takes on “cancel culture”
The president set the stage for his remarks by first noting the “merciless campaign” to destroy American history that has been manifested in targeted attacks on monuments to American historical figures, many of which have been vandalized, and some of which have been toppled and destroyed.
But going after statues isn’t the only mode of attack for angry leftist mobs. “One of their political weapons is ‘Cancel Culture’ — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees,” Preisdent Trump said.
He went on: “This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.
“A new far-left fascism”
The president wasn’t quite finished there, though. “This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly. We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation’s children, end this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life,” he said.
“In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance,” Trump continued. “If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.”
The president was stark in his warning that: “Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress.”
Watch the president’s remarks on the topic, courtesy of Breitbart:
Will Dems double down?
Many Democrats have — even if not directly involved themselves — at least offered their tacit approval of the “cancel culture” of angry leftist mobs, whether online or in real life, who attempt to ruin people’s lives for past mistakes or for expressing an opinion anywhere to the right of Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin.
The approach has gained traction in recent months, despite a warning from former President Barack Obama to young activists that this type of scorched-earth strategy is “not activism” and should be abandoned, as The New York Times noted.
Now that Trump has essentially declared war on the new “far-left fascism” that way too many on the left have allowed to fester and grow, it will be interesting to see if the Democratic Party doubles down on these disturbing tactics or wisely backs off and returns to the ideals for which it was named and to which its members at least used to pay lip service.