MSNBC host Chris Hayes stated that this 12 months’s Conservative Political Action Conference confirmed that the present Republican Party gave the impression to be extra fixated on perceived injustices relatively than precise coverage.
Speaking with New York Times reporter Elaina Plott on Friday, Hayes stated that this was obvious from the theme of the convention — “America Uncanceled.”
“So much of what they are railing about was about things that aren’t even political …or have to do with governing,” Hayes stated, describing the convention’s first day. “They’re mad that there’s a disclaimer on the Muppets … or Mr. Potato Head. Or whatever cultural grievance. But nothing that you could write a bill to deal with. That seems to me the thrust of much of what this sort of grievance and anger has been throughout the first day.”
Donald Trump Jr. was the CPAC speaker who railed on about 18 episodes of “The Muppet Show” receiving a disclaimer for “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures” on Disney+, arguing that liberals had “banned the Muppets.”
Meanwhile, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz echoed comparable considerations about Hasbro’s impending launch of a gender-neutral Potato Head toy, arguing that it represented “cancel culture” — whereas on the similar time trying to crack a joke that Mr. Potato Head was “America’s first transgender doll” as a result of his movable components.
Plott agreed with Hayes’ evaluation of the convention, mentioning that “it was large-scale cultural grievances that animated President Trump.”
“CPAC has only affirmed that this will only continue to define the future of the party,” Plott stated.
Legitimate criticism of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bundle might have been a noteworthy subject of debate on CPAC’s first day, Plott added, however convention audio system and attendees gave the impression to be extra enthusiastic about speaking a few rigged election, a perception which “has become canon with the Republican party’s base.”
“The extent to which the pandemic or the coronavirus was mentioned at all, it was usually framed as a way of making fun of pandemic-related restrictions,” Plott stated, mentioning how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had mocked mask-wearing during his speech and the way a number of CPAC attendees booed once they have been advised they wanted to put on masks throughout the convention’s Orlando venue.
Watch Hayes’ dialogue with Plott beneath, courtesy of Mediaite.
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