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Presidential Campaign Restart, Police versus CHOP, Free Speech Online, Cancel Culture

Written by on June 26, 2020

The McLaughlin Group — June 26th, 2020

The Washington Examiner’s Siraj Hashmi fills in for Tom Rogan

guest panelist this week is Amber Athey, Washington Editor for The Spectator

Issue one: Rally Up

President Trump is back on the campaign trail as he faces a growing threat from Joe Biden. The RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Biden leading in battleground states, with a near ten-point lead nationally.

Issue two: Of CHOPs and Cops

Tensions between protesters and police remain high in many cities. With the election beckoning, President Trump seems determined to present himself as the unrestrained candidate of law and order. Will he thrive on that foundation? The panel also discusses the issues surrounding the removal of statues.

Issue three: Free Speech Online

Assessing the various efforts to tamp down on free speech online in the cause of anti-hate speech. Also the power of major companies such as Google and Twitter to regulate speech.

Issue four: Behold the Cancel Culture

In recent weeks we’ve seen The New York Times Opinion Editor resign over a Tom Cotton op-ed, The Washington Post shame a private citizen for wearing blackface, and Jimmy Kimmel forced to apologize for jokes. Has cancel culture gone too far?

Plus: predictions!

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