CPAC, Headlined by Trump, Cancels Speaker Over Antisemitic Comments

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Then President Donald Trump rests his head on the flag of the United States of America at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
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Ben Sales

CPAC, the annual conservative political conference, has canceled the appearance of a speaker who has made several derogatory comments about Jews on social media.

Young Pharaoh, an online commentator and promoter of conspiracy theories, was set to speak on a panel at CPAC, which is being held in Florida at the end of the month. The conference is traditionally a gathering of leading Republican and conservative officials and figures, and will be headlined this year by former President Donald Trump.

But Young Pharaoh has been removed from the program following a report by Media Matters, a liberal media watchdog, calling attention to Young Pharaoh’s antisemitic tweets. He has called Judaism a “complete lie,” referred to “thieving Jews” and said Israeli Jews commit pedophilia online.

“All the #censorship & #pedophilia ON #socialmedia is being done by #Israeli #Jews,” he wrote. “All #YouTube, #Twitter, #Facebook, & #Instagram are all owned or controlled directly by them”

He has also promoted conspiracy theories including QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory with anti-Semitic roots.

Following the Media Matters report, CPAC tweeted that a speaker with “reprehensible views” had been removed from the conference program. Young Pharaoh no longer appears on the CPAC website.

“We have just learned that someone we invited to CPAC has expressed reprehensible views that have no home with our conference or our organization,” CPAC tweeted. “The individual will not be participating at our conference.”

The theme of this year’s CPAC is “America Uncanceled.”

Young Pharaoh responded on Twitter by betting $50,000 he can win a debate against "your best Rabbi" on whether or not Judaism is a valid religion.

Haaretz contributed to this article

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