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Calls Mount for White Democrat to Resign for Calling Tim Scott 'an Oreo'

Texas Dem official hit was major backlash over racial slur

 on 1st May 2021 @ 6.00pm
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Democrat official Gary O'Connor called Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) 'an Oreo'

A white Democrat official is facing mounting calls for his resignation after he blasted Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) by using a racial slur.

Gary O'Connor, the Lamar County, Texas, Democratic Party chair, has been hit with a severe backlash for calling Scott "an Oreo" in a social media post.

"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 about the black senator in a now-deleted Facebook post.

He was referring to Scott’s rebuttal to Joe Biden's Congressional address on Wednesday.

On Friday, O’Connor was eviscerated for his comment by Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) -- whose district includes Lamar County located in Northeast Texas.

In a press release, Fallon called the slur — which suggests that a person looks black but acts like they are white —  "unforgivable."

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Democrat Gary O'Connor called Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) 'an Oreo' on Facebook

"Gary O’Connor’s comment against Senator Tim Scott is abhorrent, insulting, and unforgivable," said Fallon.

"Both he and the entire Lamar County Democratic Party should be ashamed of this racist behavior."

The first-term congressman called on O’Connor to "apologize and step down immediately" for his racially charged comments slur and asked the Texas Democratic Party and the NAACP "to condemn these words."

Fallon also said the party "should take swift action to censure him."

The Texas Democratic Party has yet to comment. 

"This kind of behavior is not tolerable in Texas, the United States, or any political party," Fallon added.

Scott has faced a flurry of racial attacks after delivering his rebuttal to Biden's address to Congress.

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Calls are mounting for Lamar County, Texas, Democratic Party chair Gary O'Connor to resign

Progressives labeled Scott "Uncle Tim" — a play on the racial slur "Uncle Tom" — pushing the aspersion into Twitter's trending topics for several hours. 

Democrats on the national stage have also been silent after the progressive supporters of their party attacked Scott, one of three black U.S. senators currently serving and the only Republican. 

Republicans have been outspoken in their condemnation of the slur targeting Scott.

Twitter banned the term from its trending topics section, but only hours after the phrase had been front and center on the social media website.

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