WASHINGTON – An upcoming conservative political conference – featuring an appearance by ex-President Donald Trump – pulled one its panelists Monday over anti-Semitic tweets.
“We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization,” said a tweeted statement from organizers of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. “The individual will not be participating at our conference.”
The speaker in question is identified as Young Pharaoh, a hip-hop artist and online commentator who has dabbled in conspiracy theories.
CPAC acted after Media Matters for America, a research organization that tracks conservative outlets, reported that, among other things, Young Pharaoh “has told followers that Judaism is a ‘complete lie’ and ‘made up for political gain,'” and that “Jewish people are ‘thieving fake Jews.'”
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Young Pharaoh responded by calling the move to remove him “censorship at its best.”
The Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC, is a high-profile annual gathering of conservative lawmakers and activists. It has helped launch many Republican presidential campaigns, including those of Ronald Reagan and Trump.
Young Pharaoh had been scheduled to be one of six people on a panel entitled “Please Check the Number and Dial Again: Doubt, Dysfunction, and the Price of Missed Opportunities,” according to the CPAC website.
The website, which has since removed Young Pharaoh’s name and picture, described him as a “Philosopher, Scholar, Musician.”
The panel itself is still scheduled for Sunday, the last day of the four-day conference to be held in Orlando, Fla.
Trump is scheduled to end the CPAC meeting with his first extended political speech since his presidency ended on Jan. 20.
The theme of this year’s CPAC is “America Uncanceled.”