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Dem. Rep. Clyburn Claims Liz Cheney Purge Is ‘Classic Cancel Culture’

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) went on CNN on Sunday to claim that if the Republican Party removes Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership role, it would be “classic cancel culture.”

“Let’s talk about the big lie which you just brought up and what’s happening across the aisle in the House. Republicans are set to remove Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership role because of her refusal to spread President Trump’s big lie that the election was stolen,” said host Jake Tapper. “These inarguably more conservative than Elise Stefanik poised to replace her. It seems to be about whether or not she’s willing to spread the lie about the election. What’s your take on all this?”

“That’s exactly what this is about,” Clyburn replied. “You know, I don’t agree with Liz much politically, but, you know, that’s how we grow as a country. This whole thing that everybody ought to be in lockstep that is what leads people to destruction. People ought to have a diversity of thought. Diversity is very, very important through gender and sometimes race and also about strength. I want to see a strong Republican Party.”

“My parents were Republicans, and I would love to see this party, but this Republican Party today is showing so much dishonor to the people who made it possible,” he added. “The people down from Abraham Lincoln kept this party alive on the basis of anti-slavery, which itself was a big lie, and now they are perpetuating it. Now, they talk a lot about cancel culture. This is a classic cancel culture. They are perpetuating that which they argued that they are against.”

In this same interview, Clyburn attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as a “miserable failure.” Tapper played a clip in which McConnell said, “100% of my focus is standing up to this administration. What we have in the United States Senate is total unity from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country.”

“What’s your take on that comment?” Tapper asked. “Does that mean there’s no hope for bipartisanship in the Senate?”

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“No. I think the Republicans are going to remember that it was Mitch McConnell who told them that his number one priority was to make sure that Barack Obama was a one-term president,” Clyburn replied. “Last time I checked, he was a miserable failure in 2012, and Barack Obama was a two-term president and a very successful one at that.”

“I think they are going to get the same thing here. Mitch McConnell has some personal animus towards Democrats that ought not to be,” he continued. “We are one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Let’s operate like that. This Republican Party is losing its way on all fronts, and Mitch McConnell is contributing to that in a big way.”

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