The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has withdrawn the invitation to its 2021 event from a featured speaker with a history of making anti-Semitic remarks.
“We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have nothing to do with our conference or our organization,” CPAC tweeted Monday. “The individual will not participate in our conference.”
We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have nothing to do with our conference or our organization. The individual will not participate in our conference.
– CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) February 22, 2021
The tweet did not specify exactly who the uninvited guest is or what views led the conference to cancel the appearance. A spokesman for the Conservative Union of America, which organizes the CPAC, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the cancellation.
But the announcement came after left-wing media watchdog Media Matters for America published an article highlighting conspiratorial and anti-Semitic tweets from Young Pharaoh, an online commentator who was initially scheduled to participate in a panel. guest at the conference on Sunday afternoon.
The official CPAC agenda for this year’s conference, which begins Thursday, has since been updated to remove the pharaoh’s name.
Pharaoh has posted a series of tweets expressing anti-Semitic views or rejecting the existence of Judaism outright. In a tweet on January 4, he called Jews “thieves” and “false.” In another posted in July, the pharaoh falsely blamed the Jewish people for “censorship” and “pedophilia” on social media.
In other tweets, the pharaoh appeared to promote conspiracy theories, including the Qanon conspiracy theory and one that claimed that coronavirus vaccines would “alter his DNA.”
Pharaoh confirmed to The Hill that he had not been invited to the event. In a short telephone interview Monday night, the pharaoh criticized CPAC’s decision to cancel his appearance. He said he had agreed to attend the conference to speak out against what he described as “censorship” by technology companies. By canceling his appearance, he said, CPAC “publicly humiliated” and “silenced” him.
“I feel like they are silencing me. I feel like my rights are being violated, ”said the 27-year-old Pharaoh. “I’m basically being censored.”
The pharaoh insisted that “it has nothing to do with Qanon or any of the conspiracies.”
When asked about his anti-Semitic views and if he understood the concerns about their comments, Pharaoh said he could “understand why people are upset,” but insisted that he stood firm on his earlier comments before stating unsubstantiated. that “Judaism has no validity.”