Republicans are trying to claim that the president of the United States has been impeached because of “cancel culture”.
And not, you know, because he incited an armed mob of insurrectionists to storm the Capitol building by telling them to “fight like hell” against the election result.
"Democrats are going to impeach the president for a second time one week, one week before he leaves office. Why? Why? Politics and the fact that they want to cancel the president."
Wisconsin congressman Glenn Grothman, similarly, sought to explain away the Capitol rioters’s behaviour, telling the House:
“They’re scared to death that nobody else will fight the cancel culture as we head towards an era when some things can’t be said.”
Like other right-wing politicians and pundits, Grothman is concerned by the apparent disappearance of thousands of Trump supporters from social media. Many of the missing accounts are actually believed to be bots who were trying to spread the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Elsewhere during the proceedings, Georgia congresswoman and conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene addressed the House wearing a mask that read “censored”. The irony was summarily pointed out to her.
And beyond the House GOP, Eric Trump told the Associated Press that hits to his father’s business empire in the wake of the riots are part of liberal “cancel culture”. He said:
“We live in the age of cancel culture, but this isn’t something that started this week. It is something that they have been doing to us and others for years. If you disagree with them, if they don’t like you, they try and cancel you.”
People have therefore been forced to explain, yet again, the difference between being “cancelled” and rightly facing the consequences of your actions.
As far as impeachment goes, it turns out that “cancel culture” is actually enshrined in the United States constitution and follows a rigorous set of protocols.
Having passed through the House of Representatives, the proceedings will now move to the Senate, but not before Biden has been inaugurated.
There, it’s possible Trump will be convicted, although this is unprecedented: no impeached president has ever not been acquitted at this stage.