Politics Gary O'Connor, Texas Democrat Who Called Tim Scott an 'Oreo,' Faces Calls to Resign
Sen. Tim Scott is expected to deliver a hopeful speech on GOP values
Sen. Tim Scott is approaching his moment in the national spotlight Wednesday night with a bit of mystery, humor, a pair of new socks and some relaxation with his mother. "Chilling. Normal things. Lots of ice cream and cookies and sitting on the couch, hanging out a little bit," Scott said of his preparations on Tuesday. "From my perspective, you figure out who your audience is, you figure out what you want to say, you try to find a way to say it well, and you lean into who you are.
Texas Democrat Gary O'Connor is facing calls for his resignation after referring to Republican South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott as an "Oreo."
In a since-deletedpost, O'Connor, who chairs the Lamar County , criticized Scott after the Republican delivered a rebuttal to President 's Congressional address.
"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," he wrote.
The term "oreo" is sometimes used as a disparaging and offensive slur for a "Black person who is regarded as having adopted the attitudes, values, and behavior thought to be characteristic of middle-class white society, often at the expense of their own heritage," according to Dictionary.com.
'America is not a racist country,' Tim Scott says in Republican rebuttal to Biden's speech
Tim Scott, the only Black Republican senator, was chosen to give the GOP rebuttal to President Biden's speech to Congress.The 15-minute speech by Scott, the only African American Republican in the Senate, comes at a pivotal moment for the GOP as they are looking to find holes in Biden's initial popularity while chipping away at Democrats' narrow majorities in Washington.
Republican Texas Rep. Pat Fallon called for O'Connor to resign over his "abhorrent, insulting and unforgivable" remarks.
"Gary O'Connor's comment against Senator Tim Scott is abhorrent, insulting, and unforgivable. Both he and the entire Lamar County Democratic Party should be ashamed of this racist behavior," Fallon said in a statement. "O'Connor must apologize and step down immediately."
He added: "Additionally, I call on both the Democratic Party of Texas and the NAACP to condemn these words, and the state party should take swift action to censure him. This kind of behavior is not tolerable in Texas, the United States, or any political party."
Other critics took to social media to call for O'Connor to be ousted from his post.
Sen. Tim Scott responds to Biden speech: 'America is not a racist country'
The Republican Party put forward one of its most ascendant and interesting figures to respond to President Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday, giving Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina the microphone. In a speech that clocked in at just under 15 minutes, Scott portrayed President Biden as someone who “seems like a good man” but is nonetheless dividing the nation by pursuing major legislation like the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill in March without Republican support. Scott argued that the Biden administration’s accomplishments in fighting COVID-19 were largely due to efforts made in the Trump presidency.
"Gary O'Connor needs to be forced out of his position," tweeted @cricket2001.
@JonathanAFox154 wrote, "have called for who make questionable social media posts. When will you encourage Gary O'Connor, your Lamar Co., TX party chair to resign for calling Mr. Tim Scott a racial slur. I demand equality."
"Gary O'Connor must resign or be terminated. Disgusting racist," @dwsgrant added.
In his rebuttal, Scott said, "Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It's backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it's wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present."
On Wednesday night, "Uncle Tim" began trending on the social media platform as Scott faced online backlash for his remarks.
Scott appeared on& Friends Thursday to hit back at his critics. "Intolerance so often comes from the left with words like 'Uncle Tim' and the N-word being used against me by the left, and last night what was trending on social media was 'Uncle Tim,'" he said.
Opinion: Tim Scott's deeply deceptive response to Joe Biden
Sen. Tim Scott's rebuttal to President Joe Biden's joint address to Congress showcased one of the main requirements for today's Black Republicans, says Clay Cane: the tricky logic of downplaying racism while simultaneously playing the race card. Scott was clearly ready to perform that number last night. He quickly went viral for his rebuttal to Biden, saying: "I get called 'Uncle Tom' and the N-word -- by 'progressives'"! Minutes later he added, "Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country." There are two big problems with that take.
Newsweek reached out to the Texas Democratic Party for comment. This story will be updated with any response.
Gary O'Connor, Texas Democrat Who Called Tim Scott an 'Oreo,' Announces Resignation .
Use of the "racist term" was "insensitive, and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use," O'Connor said Tuesday."I am deeply and sincerely sorry for my inappropriate and hurtful use of racist term I used to describe Sen. Tim Scott on my personal Facebook page," he told the Washington Examiner in a statement. "It was insensitive, and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use.