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June 12, 2021
Gary O’Connor, the local Democrat party chair of Lamar County in Texas, resigned after calling US Senator Tim Scott an ‘oreo.’
According to Merriam-Webster, the racial slur refers to a “Black person who adopts the characteristic mentality and behavior of white middle-class society.” O’Connor apologized in a statement to the Washington Examiner, writing, “I am deeply and sincerely sorry for my inappropriate and hurtful use of racist term I used to describe Sen. Tim Scott on my personal Facebook page, it was insensitive, and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use.” O’Connor used the term to describe Scott in a Facebook post following the senator’s rebuttal to President Biden’s congressional address.
Within his rebuttal, Scott said, “Last year, under Republican leadership, we passed five bipartisan COVID packages. Congress supported our hospitals, saved our economy, and funded Operation Warp Speed, delivering vaccines in record time. All five bills got 90 or more votes in the Senate. Common sense found common ground. In February, Republicans told President Biden we wanted to keep working together to win this fight. But Democrats wanted to go it alone. They spent almost $2 trillion on a partisan bill that the White House bragged was the most liberal bill in American history! Only 1% went to vaccinations. No requirement to re-open schools promptly. COVID brought Congress together five times. This Administration pushed us apart.”
Continuing, Senator Scott condemned the Biden administration’s latest Infrastructure plan, “Less than 6% of the President’s plan goes to roads and bridges. It’s a liberal wish-list of Big Government waste… plus the biggest job-killing tax hikes in a generation. Experts say, when all is said and done, it would lower Americans’ wages and shrink our economy.” As well as the similarly expense-heavy Family Plan, “Tonight we also heard about a so-called “Family Plan.” Even more taxing, even more spending, to put Washington even more in the middle of your life — from the cradle, to college.” The controversial rebuttal sparked debate and online harassment against Senator Scott.
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