The Conservative Political Action Conference announced Monday that it would leave a featured speaker.
“We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have nothing to do with our conference or our organization. The individual will not participate in our conference, ”the organizers of the conference, known as CPAC, said in a tweet.
A CPAC official confirmed to The Epoch Times that the person is Young Pharaoh.
The young pharaoh was described on the CPAC show as a philosopher, scholar, and musician. He was scheduled to participate in a panel discussion titled « Please check the number and dial again: Doubt, Dysfunction, and the Price of Missed Opportunities. »
In posts on social media, the rapper responded by saying, “This is censorship at its finest. All because I said, « I don’t believe in the validity of Judaism and I’m willing to put up $ 50,000 to debate the most important Jewish rabbi. » Now I am no longer invited to CPAC, racist, dictatorship, Young Pharaoh ”.
The CPAC decision came after Media Matters for America, a liberal nonprofit that targets Republicans and was started by Hillary Clinton ally David Brock, highlighted Young Pharaoh’s posts denigrating Judaism, including one in which he said that religion is a « complete lie. »
In another post, he wrote: “There is not a Jew on this planet who [sic] destroy in a debate «.
The American Jewish Committee, a Jewish advocacy group, was among the organizations that had lobbied for the young Pharaoh to be removed from the panel.
« The CPAC leadership must expose its anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and act to ensure that hatred of Jews has no place at the conference, » he said in a tweet.
CPAC, one of the largest conservative gatherings in the country, has a theme this year titled « America Uncanceled. »
The conference is scheduled to take place February 25-28 in Orlando, Florida.
Speakers include former President Donald Trump, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and “Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth.
Dan Schneider, director of the American Conservative Union, which organizes the event, told The Epoch Times that the conference’s theme reflects what he says is the growing threat to constitutionally enshrined freedoms.
« It is very important that Americans understand why these rights are fundamental to freedom, why the left is now attacking each of these amendments, and why we must preserve the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States, » he said.
Allen Zhong contributed to this report.