Reacting to Scott’s GOP rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress on April 28, Gary O’Connor, chair of the Lamar County Democratic Party, scrutinized Scott as “little more than an oreo with no real principles.”
“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 announced in a post.
He has since removed the post from his Facebook page.
“This is disgusting, hateful, and completely unacceptable,” the Republican governor wrote on Twitter. “O’Connor must apologize to @SenatorTimScott & step down immediately.”
Abbott further proposed that the state Democratic Party should “censure” O’Connor for his comments about Scott, the first black politician from the South to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Texas Republican Rep. Pat Fallon separately urged O’Connor to resign for issuing the “defamatory and racist remark” against the South Carolina senator on social media, his office explained in a release.
“Gary O’Connor’s comment against Senator Tim Scott is abhorrent, insulting, and unforgivable,” Fallon said in a statement. “Both he and the entire Lamar County Democratic Party should be ashamed of this racist behavior. O’Connor must apologize and step down immediately.”
He further called on the state Democratic Party to condemn O’Connor for his racial slur against Scott.
“Additionally, I call on both the Democratic Party of Texas and the NAACP to condemn these words,” Fallon went on. “This kind of behavior is not tolerable in Texas, the United States, or any political party.”
O’Connor didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Throughout his GOP rebuttal on Wednesday, Scott said President Joe Biden was further breaking the country apart and pushed back against the president’s description of the United States as a systemically racist nation.
“America is not a racist country. It’s backward 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,” Scott said.
“100 years ago, kids in classrooms were taught the color of their skin was their most important characteristic and if they looked a certain way, they were inferior,” Scott went on. “Today, kids are being taught that the color of their skin defines them again and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor.”
He continued, “From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress at all by doubling down on the divisions we’ve worked so hard to heal.”