Republicans rant and holler about cancel culture on a daily basis, claiming that they’re somehow being canceled or silenced. It’s ironic that they do this all across the airwaves with no one trying to subdue their voice. But what we mainly see from the QAnon party is a lot of willingness to cancel or silence anything that offends their sensibilities. The two pro-democracy Republicans serving on the Select Committee on the January 6th Insurrection, Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (IL) are dealing with public harassment from some of their GOP colleagues in Congress.
As noted by Kinzinger, very few Republican members of Congress actually believe the Big Lie, an untruth at the very root of the insurrection. Many Republicans continue to publicly adhere to the falsehood in order to assuage the far-right and violence-prone base. Rep. Kinzinger this week told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “a lot” of his Republican cohorts have offered him support for his work on the select committee, but only in private. Cheney and Kinzinger must endure public chastising from fellow Republicans for their willingness to investigate the insurrection and to acknowledge the legitimacy of the election. This shows how low the GOP has sunk, and it shows how afraid many Republican leaders remain of the basest elements of the party.
Now some GOP members of Congress, like Lauren Boebert (CO), want to remove Cheney and Kinzinger from the Republican conference. In an effort to cancel and harass Cheney and Kinzinger, Boebert said of them: “They are a cancer to our party and to our caucus and they must be expelled from our conference.” Those are serious words of cancelation from a perilously incapable politician who frequently decries cancel culture herself. It’s notable that Boebert has been accused of being complicit in the January 6th attack. It speaks poorly of the GOP that it has taken to shaming its members if they’re pro-democracy and pro-truth.