It all began with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) giving a speech on the House floor saying she was being silenced. The video was carried live by every news network. Wearing a "censored" mask, she railed against so-called "cancel culture."
The idea that conservatives are the victim of "censorship" isn't new, followers of former President Donald Trump have argued on social media that their social media is being censored because they're not getting more retweets or shares.
The Washington Post's video editor JM Rieger noticed that the "I'm being censored" claim seems to be coming from a lot of Republicans lately, and it's ironically happening while they're speaking to millions of viewers on Fox News.
"We have got to stand up and say 'no' to the mob," Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said to Sean Hannity on Fox News. "Because if we don't — if we don't, then conservatives all across this country will be unable to speak, they'll be unable to do business, they'll be unable to be heard."
The report cited 1.9 million people watching as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) whined that tech companies have the power to "wipe you out" during a Jan. 10 appearance.
The following day, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) claimed he was "concerned" about the end of the First Amendment to Hannity's 2.6 million viewers.
A very angry Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) told Hannity's 3 million viewers on Jan. 14 that he didn't lose his legs in the Army so companies could "silence whoever the hell you want."
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has been among the biggest proponents of "cancel culture" in his attack against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). He flew to Wyoming to speak with people about how they needed to "cancel" her.
The hypocrisy is part of a long line of campaigns by conservatives against Starbucks, the Hamilton musical, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and kneeling, a slew of liberal comedians, The band formerly known as "The Dixie Chicks" now The Chicks. Conservatives even tried to cancel Amazon because of Trump's war against Jeff Bezos. Then there was the time the GOP tried to cancel French fries because France didn't support the Iraq War.
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"Fox News hosts and guests have long conflated 'cancel culture' and accountability, but the increased focus on 'cancel culture' and the 'silencing' of conservatives appears to be one of the foremost campaign tactics in a post-Trump political world," closed JM Rieger.