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Don Cherry’s Right-Wing Fans Attacked the Royal Canadian Legion on Remembrance Day For Being Disloyal to Don Cherry

Right-wing mob turns against the Legion on Remembrance Day, threatens to stop buying poppies

November 12, 2019

Don Cherry supporters commemorated Remembrance Day this year by denouncing the Royal Canadian Legion after the veterans’ organization disavowed itself of Cherry’s “hurtful” and “divisive” views on immigrants.

Some even suggested they will stop buying poppies on Remembrance Day altogether to show their solidarity with the disgraced broadcaster.

Cherry, an iconic but controversial personality who had hosted Coach’s Corner since 1982, was fired by Sportsnet following an on-air rant during Hockey Night in Canada last weekend that saw the broadcaster rail against immigrants for not wearing poppies — an allegation for which Cherry provided no evidence and later refused to walk back.

“I don’t regret a thing,” Cherry told the Toronto Star.

Cherry admits he “could have stayed if I had wiped the floor with myself and returned as a tamed person,” but said he didn’t “feel that the people who watch Coach’s Corner deserve something like that.”

Cherry’s firing was immediately co-opted by right-wing media culture warriors who attempted to portray Cherry’s refusal to take any responsibility for his own actions as an example of “cancel culture” and the “Left’s war on free speech.”

While Cherry continues to use his advocacy work on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion to justify his anti-immigrant tirade, even the organization responsible for overseeing Remembrance Day poppies has distanced itself from Cherry’s views.

“Mr. Cherry’s personal opinion was hurtful, divisive and in no way condoned by the Legion,” the Legion said in a statement Monday evening.

A Legion spokesperson told PressProgress they issued the statement after they were contacted by “many media and members of the public” about Cherry’s comments.

“It was important to make it clear that the Legion does not condone what was said,” the spokesperson said, but added: “at the same time, we appreciate Mr. Cherry’s ongoing and strong support for Veterans.”

Nonetheless, that didn’t stop the Legion’s Facebook page from being flooded with comments from supporters sympathetic to Cherry’s anti-immigrant views, with some declaring they would not renew their memberships or make donations to the Legion.

Among those spotted bashing the Legion was a former candidate for the far-right Canadian Nationalist Party, a “white nationalist” political party that was kicked out of a Legion hall in Saskatchewan earlier this year for violating the Legion’s anti-hate policies.

The Legion’s statement was particularly demoralizing for right-wing Twitter trolls who had been tweeting in support of Cherry’s anti-immigrant tirade under the #DonCherryIsRight hashtag.

Many right-wing supporters of Cherry chose to direct their outrage at the Royal Canadian Legion — even though it was still Remembrance Day:

 

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