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Rep. Louie Gohmert has called on the House to ban the Democratic Party because of its historic ties to slavery, the Confederacy and racism, taking a page from the party’s “cancel culture” base.
The Texas Republican introduced a privileged resolution on Thursday detailing the Democratic Party’s lengthy history of bigotry, which undoubtedly played a major role in constructing the so-called “systemic racism” the party’s supporters lament.
A privileged resolution allows for any congressman to “supersede or interrupt other matters that might be called up or pending before the House.”
Gohmert’s resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Jody Hice (R-GA), Rand Weber (R-TX), and Andy Harris (R-MD).
Under House rules, such resolutions must be tabled immediately — which becomes a vote for or against — or bring it to the floor for a vote within two days. If the resolution survives being tabled, then each side will have an hour to debate it before a vote.
As he introduced his resolution, Gohmert cited recent actions by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in which she ordered the removal of the portraits of four prior Speakers who went on to serve in the Confederate Congress — an action she timed for maximum political effect, Juneteenth (June 19th), the day slavery was outlawed in the United States.
Pelosi also called last month for the immediate removal of Confederate statues from the halls of Congress, though she has served in Washington for decades and did not call for them to be removed during her first stint as Speaker, serving with the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama — who also never called for them to be removed.
Gohmert also noted that every previous Speaker whose portraits Pelosi ordered removed were Democrats.
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
— The Hill (@thehill) July 23, 2020
The Texas lawmaker’s resolution calls for any items or symbols in the House to be removed if they are linked to a party that supported slavery or the Confederacy. The resolution also directs “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.”
Gohmert’s resolution links the Democratic Party to more than a dozen instances where, in the past, its platform either called for expanding or protecting slavery, Breitbart News reported.
“The Democratic Party platforms of 1840, 1844, 1848, 1852, and 1856 stated ‘that all efforts of the abolitionists, or others, made to induce Congress to interfere with questions of slavery . . . are calculated to lead to the most alarming and dangerous consequences; and that all such efforts have an inevitable tendency to diminish the happiness of the people and endanger the stability and permanency of the Union, and ought not to be countenanced by any friend of our political institutions,’” the resolution states, in part.
The resolution also notes that the Democratic Party:
— Declared in 1856 that “new states” to the union should decide whether they want to be slave-holding or not;
— Sought in 1860 to uphold the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which required law enforcement of the day to arrest any black person suspected of being a runaway slave;
— Did not support passage of the 14th Amendment, giving freed slaves full citizenship (the resolution notes it passed in 1868 “with 94 percent Republican support and zero support from Democrats”);
— Did not support the 15th Amendment, which gave freed slaves the right to vote (the resolution notes that “it passed in 1870 with 100 percent Republican support and zero support from Democrats”);
— Enacted voting hurdles for blacks beginning in the early 1900s, disenfranchising them;
— Went along with President Woodrow Wilson’s efforts to segregate government employees by race;
— Was supported openly by the Ku Klux Klan during its 1924 convention, often referred to as the “Klan-bake”;
— Held a 75-day filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act;
— The late Sen. Robert Byrd, once a KKK grand wizard, led the effort to block the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Gohmert said his resolution notes that a “great portion” of the Democrat Party’s history is “filled with racism and hatred.”
“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 said.
On Thursday, House Democrats led the passage of a measure ordering the removal of 15 statutes in the chamber because of their links to Confederacy, slavery, or white supremacy.
Thirteen of the 15 historic figures represented were Democrats.
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