Meghan McCain Stresses The Importance Of Free Speech In This Age Of ‘Cancel Culture’
Meghan McCain commented that she won't be speaking on college campuses as a "conservative woman, pro-life woman" because of cancel culture.
Conservative television personality Meghan McCain stressed the importance of free speech on “The View” this week. She also says that because of cancel culture, “there’s not enough money on planet earth” to make her speak at a college in this country.
McCain made this comment during a segment in which the hosts talked about former President Barack Obama surprisingly condemning cancel culture, which has become something of a tool for the left. You can watch part of the interview with CNN host Anderson Cooper below. Meghan McCain’s remarks begin at about the 3:50 minute mark.
Obama Condemns Cancel Culture
OBAMA ON DANGERS OF ‘CANCEL CULTURE’: The co-hosts react to former Pres. Obama’s recent interview discussing some of the biggest issues dividing America right now and giving his perspective about putting so-called ‘cancel culture’ in its proper context. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/qUj6eUu6OL
— The View (@TheView) June 8, 2021
“A lot of the dangers of cancel culture and ‘we’re just going to be condemning people all the time,’ at least among my daughters, they’ll acknowledge that among their peer group or in college campuses, you’ll see people going overboard,” Obama said in the interview.
Meghan McCain Talks College Campuses
McCain responded by saying that while she has done college speaking tours in the past, she would never do that today given the current climate.
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“I do think there’s a concern with the way college campuses are run, and you hear comedians all over the place like Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Maher saying they won’t speak on college campuses,” she said. “I used to do college tours all the time. There’s not enough money on planet earth to get me to go in front of a college campus and be screamed at for being a conservative, pro-life woman.”
McCain went on to explain that even though Obama beat her father John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, she appreciates the former president.
She said that he is different from the “hard left” like ‘”The Squad’ and AOC” because “he sees a sort of repression of free speech.”
“I think that President Obama became president because he understood many factions of the American public,” she explained, according to Decider. “He understood his progressive part of the party, he understood his more moderates. He was a president for his entire Democratic party.”
McCain Defends Free Speech
McCain concluded by saying that while she does “believe in cancel culture” and “accountability culture,” she also believes in free speech.
“I think we’re in a space where conversations feel stifled and feel repressed and feel like we aren’t open to hearing disagreements and opinions on the other side, no matter how extreme they are,” she said. “I think all of us, who I assume are fans of the First Amendment because we make our jobs as opinion hosts, should be concerned at the repression of free speech.”