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For some years now, cancel culture in the US has been gaining traction. The idea is simple: people or organizations that express opinions that are politically incorrect or unpopular with a certain group can be socially “cancelled”. In the last few days, former President Barack Obama called the attention of the Democrats and advised them for the midterms.
Former President Obama participated in the Pod Save America podcast, where he spoke in a panel that included Dan Pfeiffer, who served as a senior advisor in the White House during Obama’s term.
It was precisely he who opened the round of questions and asked the former commander-in-chief about the mid-term elections.
For the man who represented Illinois in the Senate in 2006 and 2008, the winning card that the Democrats would have to play in 2022 is “preserving democracy”, since, on this basis, they could preserve a lasting majority in Washington DC.
However, Obama also took the trouble to advise his party on electoral strategies. For example, he quietly lambasted cancel culture.
“Sometimes people just want to not feel as if they are walking on eggshells, and they want some acknowledgment that life is messy and that all of us, at any given moment, can say things the wrong way, make mistakes,” he said.
“I think where we get into trouble sometimes is where we try to suggest that some groups are more – because they historically have been victimized more – that somehow they have a status that’s different than other people and we’re going around scolding folks if they don’t use exactly the right phrase. Or that identity politics becomes the principle lens through which we view our various political challenges,” concluded the former president of the United States who governed between 2009 and 2017.
Joaquín Núñez es licenciado en comunicación periodística por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Se especializa en el escenario internacional y en la política nacional norteamericana. Confeso hincha de Racing Club de Avellaneda. Contacto: email@example.com // Joaquín Núñez has a degree in journalistic communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specializes in the international scene and national American politics. Confessed fan of Racing Club of Avellaneda. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org