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Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization
A coalition of conservatives launched a grassroots advocacy organization on Monday to "oppose cancel culture and fight back against the woke mob and their enablers."
The group says its key focus areas include promoting free expression without fear of punishment, defending American workers from the "woke mob," fighting "cancel culture" in education and objecting to "corporate wokeism."
The organization said that "fundamentally, cancel culture is just another term for intolerance and suffocating dissent," claiming that "the left's modern political project" involves silencing its political enemies by means of intimidation, financial ruin and censorship.
In a statement announcing the launch of Unsilenced Majority, the group's founder and president Mike Davis denounced corporate censorship, "thought-policing and politically motivated blacklists and boycotts."
"We strongly believe that corporate censorship, thought-policing and politically motivated blacklists and boycotts are having a corrosive effect on our country and will ultimately lead to a less free world. We also believe that freedom of speech and diversity of thought are fundamental bedrocks of a free society and should always be protected and celebrated," Davis said.
Davis, who previously served as chief counsel for nominations to Sen. Chuck Grassley when the Iowa Republican chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the organization speaks for an "emboldened majority of Americans" who "recognize the imminent threat that cancel culture poses to our nation."
"The rising intolerance of cancel culture is breeding fear and paranoia in our politics, across the corporate world, at our children's schools and even in our neighborhoods. It must be stopped. The Unsilenced Majority aims to harness grassroots opposition to fight back against cancel culture before it's too late," Davis continued.
The group called cancel culture "one of the most un-American forces in our nation's history."
Andy Surabian, who serves as spokesman and chief political advisor to Donald Trump Jr., will serve as senior advisor to the group.
Opposing so-called cancel culture has become a rallying cry in recent months among Republicans.
A Harvard CAPS-Harris poll released in March found that a majority of Americans say they believe cancel culture is a threat to their freedom.
Eighty percent of Republicans said cancel culture was a threat, compared to only 48 percent of Democrats.
Last week, Rep. Joni Ernst (Iowa), the only woman on the Senate Republicans' elected leadership team, compared the efforts to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her leadership post to the GOP's version of cancel culture.
"I feel it's OK to go ahead and express what you feel is right to express and, you know, cancel culture is cancel culture no matter how you look at it. Unfortunately, I think there are those that are trying to silence others in the party," Ernst said.
Cheney was ultimately removed from her position as House GOP Conference chair and replaced with Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.)