The Return of the Blacklist

by and

Thursday, January 28, 2021


Blacklisting, which occurs when a list is created “of persons who are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted,”  is becoming normalized in America. 

Not long after the 2020 Presidential Election, left-wing Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), put out a tweet urging her followers to keep track of those who support President Trump “for when they try to …deny their complicity,” implying that they should be held “responsible for their behavior.” 

AOC and others are publicly announcing their intention of holding those who support President Trump accountable for perceived wrongdoing, but AOC has not clear on what she meant by being held “responsible for their behavior.”

This opens up the potential for the releasing of personal information, and even vigilante justice against those they view as “fascists.” This may result in harassment or even physical violence. Besides the potential for violence, this “list” could also result in people losing their jobs. 

This isn’t some far-right conspiracy theory taking her tweet out of context. The list-making has already begun. Shortly after AOC’s tweet, her followers created a website (as seen linked in this tweet) designed to track and publicly list every Trump-administration employee, and even donors (which could very well include average Americans who contributed). After a lot of backlash, this specific list appears to have been taken down, but that doesn’t mean it’s not being made behind the scenes. 

While Democrats call for unity, their true disdain for those who think differently than them is apparent with this initiative of blacklisting. 

Besides the list of retribution from the far left, even former GOP members are doing the same. The Lincoln Project has recently come to prominence during the 2020 election year, with its main goal being to unseat President Trump. The group is made of both current and former members of the GOP who also played a role in campaigning against very close Republican Senate Campaigns. 

These counter campaigns included going against various high ranking Republican Senators such as Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell. The Lincoln project even sided with Democrats in various campaigns against incumbent Senators such as Steve Daines and Dan Sullivan.

Besides launching a strong campaign against President Trump, even after his defeat, the Lincoln Project released the personal information of attorneys who represented President Trump in the lawsuits in the aftermath of the election. The action was considered so unpopular, that even Twitter stepped in to have it removed. Senior advisor to the Lincoln Project Kurt Bardella stated in an interview with MSNBC, “We will hold these seditionists accountable.”

Additionally, a member of the organization, Stuart Stevens stated that even more lists were on the horizon. He tweeted that, at the Lincoln Project, “We are constructing a database of Trump officials & staff that will detail their roles in the Trump administration & track where they are now.” They further added that these officials “will be held accountable & not allowed to pretend they were not involved.”

Even the American business magazine Forbes has thrown their hat into the ring. Randall Lane of Forbes is demanding to hold those who supported President Trump accountable. Lane stated, “Don’t let the chronic liars cash in on their dishonesty.”

In a nation already in turmoil after recent violence in the national Capital, statements like these seek to create further division by threatening law-abiding Americans who happen to support the former president. 

The tactics presented completely go against both our American values and our right to freedom of association to be blacklisted for simply supporting a political candidate. The lists we see, both the far left to Republican exiles, is certainly alarming. It sets a dangerous precedent for the future of our nation politically, and may very well set the foundation for totalitarian like tactics on a national scale. These lists are dangerous, not only because they could have you fired, but effectively could alienate you or someone you know from society. 

 

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Alex Munguia is a student at the University of Florida and is a Finance Major. Alex is a member of Turning Point USA on his campus and a volunteer with the Convention of States Project. He also helps to lead a non-profit debate organization dedicated to educating low-income high school students on how to do well in debate competitions.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Alex Munguia is a student at the University of Florida and is a Finance Major. Alex is a member of Turning Point USA on his campus and a volunteer with the Convention of States Project. He also helps to lead a non-profit debate organization dedicated to educating low-income high school students on how to do well in debate competitions.

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