Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Newsmax TV on Tuesday the “cancel culture” movement driven by liberals is more about causing Americans to self-censor than it is about forcing others to socially ostracize conservatives.
Gaetz comments come following recent reports Disney has decided to place warning labels on specific episodes of “The Muppet Show” and select Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because they contain images that have been deemed “hurtful.”
“While we’re able to joke about the absurdity of these things, tonight, each and every day Americans have to decide whether or not to self-censor, to self-cancel, to maybe not fly their America First flag in full but rather half mast,” Gaetz told “Rob Schmitt Tonight.” “And I think that’s really the goal of the left, to cause us to be less expressive about our love for our country and our values.”
Gaetz added House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., was unlikely to hold a hearing on the movement after being called upon by ranking Republican member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
“This is a real thing,” Gaetz added. “And right now it’s about the flow of information. But what happens when the financial sector is impacted by the cancel culture? What happens when, as a consequence of the political donations you’ve made, or the Facebook post you’ve made, you’ve got different opportunities to get a loan or a credit card or a bank account.
“I’m worried that we’re heading in that direction.”
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