Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, introduced a House resolution on Thursday calling on lawmakers to ban organizations or political groups historically associated with the Confederacy or slavery in the U.S.—including the Democrat Party.
WATCH: GOP’s Rep. Louie Gohmert introduces resolution to ban Democratic Party: “That any political organization or party that has ever held a public position that supported slavery or the Confederacy shall either change its name or barred from participation in the House.” pic.twitter.com/iXSEw8gzqi
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“A great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred,” Gohmert said in a statement.
“Since people are demanding we rid ourselves of the entities, symbols, and reminders of the repugnant aspects of our past, then the time has come for Democrats to acknowledge their party’s loathsome and bigoted past, and consider changing their party name to something that isn’t so blatantly and offensively tied to slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan,” he continued.
The resolution, co-sponsored by GOP Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Jody Nice (Ga.), Randy Weber (Texas), and Andy Harris (Md.), was introduced just one day after the House voted to remove statues of historical figures who supported the Confederacy from the Capitol building. The House’s vote “failed to address the most ever-present historical stigma of the United States Capitol,” Gohmert said on the House floor, which is the Democratic Party.
Democrats “fervently supported, condoned, and fought for slavery,” Gohmert said, and to avoid that fact is “hypocrisy” of the greatest kind, he added.
Gohmert cited examples of racist policies within the Democratic Party’s history, including former President Woodrow Wilson’s endorsement of racial discrimination.
Unless Democrats want to be tied to the likes of Wilson and past racists, they should change the party’s name.
“That is the standard to which they are holding everyone else, so the name change needs to occur,” Gohmert said.
Due to the racist past of the Dems, I suggested they change their name. They demand name changes nationwide. It’s their standard. If they don’t want to own the racist history of the Dem Party why don’t they change their name? #CancelDemocrats https://t.co/BNG6LoyX7l
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) July 23, 2020