The Conservative Political Action Committee has rescinded an invitation to the featured speaker for this year’s event over past anti-Semitic remarks.
The committee announced the decision on Monday but did not identify the speaker in question or the comments that led CPAC organizers to cancel the appearance.
“We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization,” CPAC said in a tweet. “The individual will not be participating at our conference.”
We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization. The individual will not be participating at our conference.
— CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) February 22, 2021
The disinvited speaker was identified in the media as hip-hop artist Young Pharaoh. The CPAC 2021 website listed him as one of the speakers for the event as late as Monday morning, but his profile has since been taken down. Pharaoh was scheduled to take part in a panel at the conference on Sunday afternoon.
How we got here: The organizers of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference removed Pharaoh from the program after the progressive Media Matters published a report highlighting tweets and comments in which he pushed what they described as anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Among other things, Pharaoh called Judaism a “complete lie” and “made up for political gain,” said that Jewish people are “thieving fake Jews.” He also blamed online censorship and pedophilia on Israeli Jews and claimed that “all of these big tech [companies], media, & social media platforms are controlled by CCP & Israel through Jewish CEO & corrupt Democrats.”
Some of his tweets were targeted at the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro, who is Jewish.
What he said: Pharaoh told The Hill that he was invited to CPAC to discuss big tech’s censorship. He said CPAC’s move “publicly humiliated” and “silenced” him.
“I feel like I’m being silenced. I feel like my rights are being violated. Basically I’m being censored,” he said.
He did not try to walk back his past remarks, said he still believes in what he said, and rejected the “validity” of Judaism, according to the outlet.
On Twitter, he described his removal from the event as “censorship at its best.”
THIS IS #CENSORSHIP AT ITS BEST! ALL BECAUSE I SAID “I DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE VALIDITY OF #JUDAISM AND AM WILLING TO PLACE $50,000 ON MY SELF TO DEBATE THE TOP #JEWISH RABBI”’ NOW IM NO LONGER INVITED TO @CPAC_TV #RACIST , #DICTATORSHIP , #YOUNGPHARAOH https://t.co/jRhNy3KMXA
— Young Pharaoh 𓂀 (@PHARAOH_ATEN_) February 22, 2021
Pharaoh has also scheduled a Livestream on YouTube where he plans to discuss CPAC’s decision.
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