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If You’re a Democrat, You’re Allowed to Be Racist: The Gary O’Connor Case

A local Democratic Party has refused to accept the resignation of its president, Gary O’Connor, after calling Tim Scott an ‘oreo’

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The Lamar County Democratic Party in Texas refused to accept the resignation of its president Gary O’Connor after he made a racist comment against Sen. Tim Scott, whom he called 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, in a now-deleted Facebook post.

Gary O'Connor
Gary O’Connor, president of the Democratic Party in Lamar county. (Facebook)

Although on other occasions the Democratic Party has acted swiftly in condemning and demanding resignations for what they consider racist comments by their opponents, this time they have decided to let O’Connor’s insult go under the table.

Democrats who brag about considering themselves inclusive, not only did not allow the resignation of the Texas party chairman but also did not issue any sanctions.

“Gary O’Connor has led Lamar County Democrats for seven years and his lifetime of service, collaboration and activism for racial justice is well known in this community. His recent comment is inconsistent with his core values,” the county party said in its statement.

In a statement, the party said they met Tuesday to consider O’Connor’s resignation and decided not to accept it after taking the “last few days to reflect on this incident.”

“We Lamar County Democrats recommit to conducting our private conversations and our public discussions on social media with anti-racist and pro-reconciliation attitudes and language,” the statement highlighted.

Ironically, after not sanctioning O’Connor, they “strongly condemned bigotry of any kind” and stated that they will continue in their “historic efforts to work for justice and equality for all our fellow citizens.”

Gary O’Connor wanted to resign but the party did not allow him

Following O’Connor’s insult to Scott in the wake of his rebuttal to President Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress, several of the nation’s political leaders demanded that he step down. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West were among those calling on him to resign.

“This is disgusting, hateful, and completely unacceptable,” Abbott wrote in a tweet. “O’Connor must apologize to Sen. Tim Scott and resign immediately,” he said.

“I deeply and sincerely regret my inappropriate and hurtful use of the racist term I used to describe Senator Tim Scott on my personal Facebook page. It was insensitive and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use,” the Democrat said in a statement.

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