A group of Republican House members, led by Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas, introduced a resolution Thursday that would effectively ban the Democratic Party from the House or force a party name change over past slavery ties — a response to the recent efforts to remove tributes to past members of the Confederacy from the halls of Congress.
It specifically cites the Democratic Party platform’s support for slavery between 1840 and 1856, and other racist actions by party members through the early-to-mid 1900s, before calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to “remove any items that names, symbolizes or mentions any political organization or party that has ever held a public position that supported slavery or the Confederacy” from the House and its properties. The resolution also says such a party “shall either change its name or be barred from participation in the House of Representatives.”
Gohmert, in a statement accompanying the bill, told Democrats they should rebrand to “avoid triggering” anyone.
Democrat President Woodrow Wilson’s administration in 1912 began a racial segregation policy for govt employees. By 1914, the Wilson Administration required a photo be submitted with each employment application #CancelDemocrats https://t.co/fhKF18ary6
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) July 23, 2020
“As outlined in the resolution, a great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred,” Gohmert said. “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.” (Read more from “GOP Reps Push Resolution to Ban Democratic Party Over Ties to Slavery” HERE)