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Hawley says 'Communist China' importing social credit scores to US as form of 'cancel culture'

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 1/25/2021 Michael Lee
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Sen. Josh Hawley warned that the Chinese practice of using social credit scores is being imported to the United States as the newest form of an intensifying cancel culture.

“Everyone knows what a credit score is. But social credit scores are new. They’re the latest corporate import from Communist China, where government and big business monitor every citizen’s social views and statements,” Hawley said in an op-ed in the New York Post.

“And they’re the latest form of cancel culture in this country, as corporate monopolies and the left team up to shut down speech they don’t like and force their political agenda on America,” Hawley continued. “For those who still believe in free speech and the First Amendment, this is the time to take a stand.”

Hawley has come under increasing fire from the Left in recent weeks after he and fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz led an effort to object to certifying the Electoral College results. That effort was interrupted when a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol building and caused lawmakers to flee as they were debating certifying the electors from Arizona.

In the aftermath, many have laid the blame for the siege not only on Trump, but on Cruz and Hawley for leading the push to object to the results. The backlash has seen Hawley lose a publisher for his new book, demands for his resignation, and the canceling of a campaign fundraiser event by a hotel chain.

Hawley argued that this is just the beginning of a cancel culture that will only grow in intensity, with social credit scores assigned to make sure people “endorse the right ideas,” “conform,” and “voice the right opinions.”

“It will get worse,” Hawley warned. “The tech titans have already booted dozens of conservatives off social media, and if they have their way, half the House Republican conference will be expelled from Congress. The corporate titans seem to believe that the only way to get a democracy to their liking is to eliminate all threats to the Democratic Party’s unified control of government.”

Hawley said that there were times that conservatives thought they could “opt out” of the cancel culture by sending their kids to better schools, keeping their friend circles tight, and voting with their conscience.

“And if ever our political organizing were impeded by censorship — say, by the big tech giants — we could build our own platforms,” Hawley said.

“But the left and the corporations are challenging all of this now,” Hawley continued. “Your 'conservative' social platform isn’t worth much when Amazon can shut it down. Your vote may still be yours, but if your party is denied the means to effectively organize by corporate monopolies, it’s not going to win. Your church, well, you can still attend for now, but go to the wrong church and you may not have a job in a few years.”

Hawley concluded by calling on people to stand up to the growing trend and fight for the First Amendment, while promising that he would not back down to cancel culture.

“I for one am not going to back down,” Hawley said. “My book will be published, and I will continue to represent the people of my state without fear or favor, whatever the left or the corporations say.”

“The powerful see in the present moment an opportunity to consolidate their control over society and to squelch dissent,” Hawley continued. “That means those who believe in the First Amendment and the fundamental principles of American liberty must now take a stand, while we still can.”

Tags: News, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, China, Cancel Culture

Original Author: Michael Lee

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