A Texas county Democrat Party official who called Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) an “oreo” on his Facebook page has offered to resign his position after receiving backlash for his “disgusting, hateful” comments from state leaders. But the Lamar County Democratic Party has reportedly decided not to accept his resignation.
The National Review reports Lamar County Democratic Party Chairman Gary O’Connor apologized for his racist comment.
“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,” O’Connor told the Washington Examiner Tuesday.
“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,” O’Connor said.
O’Connor’s social media comment was directed at Scott after he delivered a highly praised Republican response to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress.
An “oreo” refers to a black person who is accused of being black on the outside but white on the inside, allegedly displaying the characteristics of a white person.
“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,” the Texas Democrat wrote.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other Texas political leaders slammed O’Connor on social media over his comments, calling on him to resign.
“This is disgusting, hateful, and completely unacceptable. O’Connor must apologize to @SenatorTimScott & step down immediately,” Abbott tweeted Saturday. “@texasdemocrats censure him,” Abbot tweeted.
Now the Texas Tribune reports the Lamar County Democratic Party is saying they won’t accept O’Connor’s resignation. Instead, party officials wrote, “Lamar County Democrats recommit ourselves to conduct our private conversations and our public social media discussions with anti-racist, pro-reconciling attitudes and language.”
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