Conservative commentator Matt Walsh said "shame on us [conservatives]" for being the "silent majority" while speaking with Candace Owens on "The Candace Owens Show.”
Walsh, a columnist for The Daily Wire, set the scene of American politics, saying that the United States was not really "united." Owens agreed and said that conservatives need to take action.
“I think we have to get louder on the conservative side," she said. "We play it way too safe, we're way too scared. And it's the reason why the left has been able to unravel so many things that we held dear....This is how you create a silent majority. Right? But at the same time, they're too afraid to say something because they're going to lose their entire career.
Walsh agreed, and suggested that conservatives as a whole need to stop being a “silent majority.”
“That's why I just hate the "silent majority" stuff," he said. "I mean, conservatives say it like they're proud of it. I don't even know if it's true anymore. I suspect it's not. But if it is, shame on us that all this stuff is happening and we're being silent. What the hell are you being silent for?"
Below is a full transcript of the segment:
Matt Walsh: On an aspirational level, we all, even if we have our blind spots and even if they're massive and terrible blind spots, if we just have aspirationally agree that we do have fundamental worth and dignity as humans, endowed by our creator; freedom is a good thing; it's something we should fight for and struggle for.
If we at least had that, then I think we would be a United States of America. But I think there are a lot of Americans who just fundamentally don't agree. They do not think that we have inherent dignity and worth. They do not think that freedom is all that important, really, which is why they're embracing socialism. They don't believe. They just do not believe, period, in inherent equal rights and equality.
So then if that's out the window, which I think it is, then what is there now? What do we unite around? You get a hundred Americans in a room: are we going to have anything in common, anything? And if the answer is nothing at all, then we're just a bunch of people that happen to live within the same borders, which, by the way, are porous and basically nonexistent. So, you know, I hate to be bleak but that's --
Candace Owens: No, but you're right. I mean, you're right. And I feel the same way. And that's why, you know, I try to just be a voice to fight for what I think is right, because I think we have to get louder on the conservative side. We play it way too safe, we're way too scared. And it's the reason why the left has been able to unravel so many things that we held dear and so many things about the American tradition in what seems like a matter of nanoseconds, they did it. And they keep going and they keep going. And we keep sitting down and taking it because the people that have the platform are too afraid to get canceled. Right?
The people that know it's true -- I mean, the amount of celebrities, A-list celebrities that have messaged me on Instagram after seeing a video and said, ‘I think the exact same thing, but I can't say anything.’ Right? This is how you create a silent majority. Right? But at the same time, they're too afraid to say something because they're going to lose their entire career. Who made those rules? Right? How do we change that? If we're not going to be vocal and we're not going to fight because we're all too scared, then we don't really have the right to sit back and say, ‘oh, what the left is doing is so wrong.’ You sat there and watched it and allowed them to do it and said and did nothing. Right?
That is the curse of conservatism is everybody’s afraid. They're playing by the left's rules and the left is playing by none. They're creating rules for the right and then playing by no rules. And that's how they win; that's why they keep winning and keep scoring. And we've got now Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C., which is pointedly absurd. It is a radical group, I agree with you, but there needs to be a better fight on the conservative side.
Walsh: Yeah, that's why I just hate the "silent majority" stuff. I mean, conservatives say it like they're proud of it. I don't even know if it's true anymore. I suspect it's not. But if it is, shame on us that all this stuff is happening and we're being silent. What the hell are you being silent for?
I have the same experience. Now, they're not A-list celebrities messaging me, but I do get messages from people, especially when I’ve really stepped in it, as far as most people are concerned, and I'm getting, you know, attacked for something that I said and, you know, all that, that whole thing. I'll have the same experience where people will message me privately and say, ‘by the way, I agree with you. Great stuff.’ It's like, well thank you. I appreciate your support. But why not say something? I mean, help me out here a little bit. It's kind of like you've got someone being attacked by a pitchfork mob and you're hiding in the bushes going, ‘psst, hey, thumbs up.' Great. Thank you again for the moral support, but we need more than that. You need to come out and speak. But I also understand. I get that.
John Jakubisin is a CNSNews intern and currently studies at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia; he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in political science and economics. At Christendom College, he is a vice president within the student activities council.