Sen. Thune Begs GOP: Stop Cancel Culturing Each Other And Go Back To Whining About Liberal Cancel Culture
Ain't it a bitch when cancel culture comes for you! Just when you've come up with this ONE WEIRD TRICK to magically transform yourself into the victim every time someone calls your team out for being a pack of racist psychopaths, that secret weapon comes boomeranging back and smacks you in the face. UNFAIR!
Well, there's only one thing for it. Gotta accuse your opponents of doing cancel cultures to you!
"There was a strong case made," Senate Minority Whip John Thune said of impeachment in an interview with the AP. "People could come to different conclusions. If we're going to criticize the media and the Left for cancel culture, we can't be doing that ourselves."
When "the media and the Left" are doing cancel cultures, aka criticizing bad actors like Tucker Carlson and calling out his advertisers, it is bad and illegitimate. Doesn't the First Amendment protect the right to free speech without consequences or public condemnation? (No, it doesn't actually.) But when your side is boycotting Nike or the NBA for supporting Black Lives Matter, that is heroic patriotism.
The problem is what to do when you're getting fragged by your own party for not protecting Dear Leader Trump. State parties in North Carolina, Utah, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Louisiana have filed censure motions against their senators or representatives for voting in favor of impeachment, kicking the shit out of each other when they should be getting ready for the midterms.
"You've got to face the music, and at some point, it's got to be over and you've got to move on," Thune said, adding, "I think it's just important to tell people the truth. The most important responsibility of any leader is to define reality."
Perhaps he'd like to start by explaining to his party colleagues how South Dakota, a state which does WINTER on the regular, manages to get 30 percent of its power from windmills?
Anyway, how is a spineless Gipper like Thune — who let us all know he thought Trump was reprehensible, but refused to vote for impeachment — supposed to handle it when cancel culture comes for him and his (relatively) rational allies like Liz Cheney? Because Rep. Adam Kinzinger may have gone totally off the reservation, but if you don't protect party stalwarts like Cheney, you wind up with Jim Jordan as House Minority Leader. And nobody likes that bloviating nutbag!
Thune suggested he would be taking steps to assist candidates "who don't go off and talk about conspiracies and that sort of thing." He praised Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, who was censured by the Wyoming GOP for voting to impeach Trump, for doing an "exceptional job on most issues" and said he was ready to jump into primary battles like the one she is sure to face.
"At the grassroots level, there's a lot of people who want to see Trump-like candidates," he said. "But I think we're going to be looking for candidates that are electable."
Donald Trump already tried to cancel culture Thune himself for saying the former president's efforts to overturn the election were going nowhere in the Senate. (We'd link to the tweet, but Twitter cancel cultured the account.) But South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem immediately cancel cultured the suggestion that she'd primary Thune.
.@johnthune is a friend of mine, and I will not be challenging him. I’m honored to be Governor of South Dakota and… https://t.co/2nOkHhXp5m— Kristi Noem (@Kristi Noem)1608689100.0
Which is probably a good thing, because Thune won his last race by 52 points, and Noem only beat her Democratic challenger by 3.5 percent. (And that was before she allowed so many of her constituents to get cancel cultured permanently by COVID.) And since Sen. Thune isn't going anywhere, he would appreciate it if the Red Team could quit cancel culturing its own members and concentrate on putting the party back together, please and thank you.
In summary and in conclusion, DEMS IN DISARRAY.
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