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Banks: Free speech “under attack today—in the form of ‘cancel culture’”

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WASHINGTON (WPTA21) - U.S. Rep. Jim Banks on Thursday night assailed those who he said are stifling free expression through what has become known as "cancel culture."

In an address on the House floor, the Third District Republican from Indiana condemned efforts to punish controversial or politically incorrect speech through pressure that could lead to a loss of job, privacy or reputation.

"You can even get canceled for not doing something," he said. "If you refuse to utter or endorse the so-called 'politically correct' movements or phrases, they will come to destroy you.

"This is an affront to the very idea of what America is and who we are as Americans, and I vow to fight it with every fiber of my being."

Though it took place in a largely vacant chamber, Banks' speech was carried by C-SPAN, which broadcasts House proceedings nationwide.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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