Abbott Calls on Democratic Party Official to Resign Following ‘Disgusting’ Racial Slur Against Sen. Scott

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday called on a state Democratic Party official to resign after he referred to Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) as an “oreo” in a now-deleted social media post.

May 03, 2021

Responding to Scott’s GOP rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress on April 28, Gary O’Connor, chair of the Lamar County Democratic Party, criticized 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 wrote in a post.

He has since deleted the post from his Facebook page.

“This is disgusting, hateful, and completely unacceptable,” the Republican governor said on Twitter. “O’Connor must apologize to @SenatorTimScott & step down immediately.”

Abbott also suggested that the state Democratic Party should “censure” O’Connor for his remarks about Scott, the first black politician from the South to serve in the U.S. Senate.

Texas Republican Rep. Pat Fallon separately called on O’Connor to resign for posting the “defamatory and racist remark” against the South Carolina senator on social media, his office said 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 also called on the state Democratic Party to censure 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 added. “This kind of behavior is not tolerable in Texas, the United States, or any political party.”

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