A Democratic Party Official has resigned after hurling a racist insult at Republican Sen. Tim Scott.
“I am deeply and sincerely sorry for my inappropriate and hurtful use of [a] 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,” Lamar County Democratic Party Chairman Gary O’Connor told The Washington Examiner on Tuesday morning.
“As a result, I feel compelled to offer my resignation as chair of the Lamar County Democratic Party for consideration by the County Executive Committee,” he said.
The Lamar County Democratic Party told The Texas Tribune that they had used the “last few days to reflect upon this incident,” adding, “Lamar County Democrats recommit ourselves to conduct our private conversations and our public social media discussions with anti-racist, pro-reconciling attitudes and language. We strongly condemn bigotry of any kind and will continue our historic efforts to work for justice and equality for all our fellow citizens.”
Following Scott’s rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress, O’Connor sparked outrage when he described the African American Republican as “an oreo.”
”I had hoped that Scott might show some common sense, but it seems clear he is little more than an oreo with no real principles,” O’Connor wrote before later deleting it.
According to Merriam-Webster, the term “oreo” is a disparaging word that means “a black person who adopts the characteristic mentality and behavior of white middle-class society.”
Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott excoriated O’Connor for the remark, tweeting, “This is disgusting, hateful, and completely unacceptable. O’Connor must apologize to @SenatorTimScott & step down immediately.” Abbott also urged the Texas Democratic Party to “censure him” for the racial slur.
Republican Rep. Pat Fallon also described the comment as “abhorrent, insulting, and unforgivable,” adding, “Both he and the entire Lamar County Democratic Party should be ashamed of this racist behavior.”
During his speech responding to Biden last week, Scott said, “His speech was full of good words. But President Biden promised you a specific kind of leadership. He promised to unite a nation. To lower the temperature. To govern for all Americans, no matter how we voted. That was the pitch. You just heard it again. But our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes. We need policies and progress that bring us closer together.”
Scott also defended the U.S. against the president’s claim that the country is racist. “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”
“I get called ‘Uncle Tom’ and the N-word — by ‘progressives.’ By liberals,” Scott also said.
“Uncle Tim” soon after began trending on Twitter nationally, with comedian and television personality Scott Nevins writing in a since-deleted tweet, “Sen @TimScottSC is uncle Tom’ing it for his life. So sad. South Carolina should be so ashamed.”
Author: Ray Wix