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

The Epoch Times.  Updated: May 3, 2021

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.

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.”

O’Connor didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times.

During his GOP rebuttal on Wednesday, Scott said President Joe Biden was further dividing the nation, and pushed back against the president’s description of the United States as a systemically racist country.

“America is not a racist country. It’s backward to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present,” Scott said.

“100 years ago, kids in classrooms were taught the color of their skin was their most important characteristic and if they looked a certain way, they were inferior,” Scott elaborated. “Today, kids are being taught that the color of their skin defines them again and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor.”

He added, “From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress at all by doubling down on the divisions we’ve worked so hard to heal.”

Readdressing the issue in a subsequent interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Scott, who says he’s experienced racial profiling himself in the United States, clarified that rather than defining the United States as a racist country, he believes that there a “lingering effect after a couple of centuries of racism and discrimination in this nation.”

“The question we should be debating and fighting over is how do we resolve those issues going forward,” he said.

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Say “No Thank you” to woke dollars

WSJ  4/29/21  By Ted Cruz

Georgia’s new election law runs 98 generously spaced pages. A fast reader can get through it in one sitting. If you’re the CEO of a major corporation, you can pay someone to do it for you. But I don’t think CEOs took the time to read Georgia’s Election Integrity Act of 2021, because so much of what they said about it was nonsense.

Coca-Cola’s James Quincey said he opposed “measures in the bills that would diminish or deter access to voting.” Which measures? The ones that allow several forms of identification, which the state provides free of charge, to request or cast a ballot? Or the measures that expand the number of days of early voting?

Maybe Mr. Quincey can be forgiven. He’s British, and they’ve been confused about Americans since the Boston Tea Party. But Merck’s Kenneth Frazier said, “Georgia is the leading edge of a movement all around this country to restrict voting access.” Was he referring to the laws’s provision that mandates more ballot boxes? Or the one that shifts Georgia’s electoral oversight to a nonpartisan appointee?

Had these watch-me-woke-it-up CEOs actually read the bill—instead of parroting the radical left’s talking points—they’d have discovered they had no idea what they were talking about. A clutch of business leaders tried to win woke Twitter points and clowned themselves instead.

This is the point in the drama when Republicans usually shrug their shoulders, call these companies “job creators,” and start to cut their taxes. Not this time.

This time, we won’t look the other way on Coca-Cola’s $12 billion in back taxes owed. This time, when Major League Baseball lobbies to preserve its multibillion-dollar antitrust exception, we’ll say no thank you. This time, when Boeing asks for billions in corporate welfare, we’ll simply let the Export-Import Bank expire.

For too long, woke CEOs have been fair-weather friends to the Republican Party: They like us until the left’s digital pitchforks come out. Then they run away. Or they mouth off on legislation they don’t understand—and hurt the reputations of patriotic leaders protecting our elections and expanding the right to vote. Enough is enough. Corporations that flagrantly misrepresent efforts to protect our elections need to be called out, singled out and cut off.

In my nine years in the Senate, I’ve received $2.6 million in contributions from corporate political-action committees. Starting today, I no longer accept money from any corporate PAC. I urge my GOP colleagues at all levels to do the same.

For too long, Republicans have allowed the left and their big-business allies to attack our values with no response. We’ve allowed them to ship jobs overseas, attack gun rights, and destroy our energy companies. We’ve let them smear Republicans without paying any price.

As America’s greatest basketball player observed years ago, Republicans buy sneakers, too. We cast votes, too. And we pay attention when CEOs come after our own just so they can look good for a few editorial pages and radical activists.

To them I say: When the time comes that you need help with a tax break or a regulatory change, I hope the Democrats take your calls, because we may not. Starting today, we won’t take your money either.

Mr. Cruz, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Texas.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/your-woke-money-is-no-good-here-11619649421?mod=hp_opin_pos_1

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All Trump’s Codependents

3/29/2021  WSJ  by William McGurn

“My predecessor. Oh God, I miss him.”

So spoke Joe Biden Thursday in his first press conference as president. In February Mr. Biden had said he was “tired of talking about Donald Trump ” and vowed to spend the next four years talking about the American people. Evidently it’s not to be. Mr. Biden’s presser was chockablock with references to Mr. Trump, including the accusation that he’d let unaccompanied minors “starve to death” on the other side of our southern border.

Mr. Biden’s inability to stop talking about his predecessor speaks to the Trump codependency that has followed the Trump presidency. For the whole promise of Mr. Biden’s 2020 campaign was this: Elect me and we will put Donald Trump behind us.

Voters bought it, but the Biden administration remains as fixated on Mr. Trump as ever. We saw this after the horrific shootings in Atlanta that took the lives of eight innocent people, including six women of Asian descent. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president had no desire to “attribute motive.” But she then went right for the old go-to when she claimed “there’s no question that some of the damaging rhetoric that we saw during the prior administration” has “elevated threats against Asian-Americans.” The message was unmistakable: The shootings were partly Mr. Trump’s fault.

Not a single member of the press questioned this assertion. [So do you still argue that the MSM and The Left aren’t biased?? mrossol] Meanwhile, investigators say they have no evidence the killer was even motivated by anti-Asian bias.

In this way Mr. Trump functions much the way the deposed Farmer Jones does in Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” Each time the animals that replaced Jones as rulers of the farm do something contrary to their promises, they deflect difficult questions by bringing up the farmer. “Surely, comrades,” they ask, “you don’t want Jones back?” Same with Democrats and Mr. Trump.

Nancy Pelosi understands this perfectly. Unlike the president, the House speaker admits the situation at the border is a crisis. But she says it’s all Mr. Trump’s fault. That’s the beauty of the Trump codependency: If something your side does blows up in your face, blame it on Mr. Trump.

Likewise with Mrs. Pelosi’s call for a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. As the speaker proposed it, the commission would be stacked with seven Democrats against four Republicans. It’s a handy way to distract attention from the Bernie Sanders agenda she’s pushing through Congress while damning the opposition implicitly as white supremacists, insurrectionists or the equivalent of al Qaeda.

Then there’s Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York. No one benefited more from the Trump presidency than Mr. Cuomo, especially over the past year.

As Mr. Trump played the heavy, Mr. Cuomo wrote a book on “Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which landed on the New York Times bestseller list. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences threw in an Emmy for his press conferences. Alas, karma has caught up with Mr. Cuomo. Without Mr. Trump as his foil, he’s become just a governor whose administration covered up Covid deaths in nursing homes—and another male pol accused by women he worked with of sexual harassment. Plainly Mr. Cuomo has a bad case of Trump withdrawal.

He’s not alone. Turns out that among the most codependent are the same news outlets that spent the past four years as proud members of “the resistance.” In a 2017 interview with the New York Times, President Trump alluded to this by predicting he’d be re-elected because “newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes.”

He didn’t win, of course, but a Washington Post piece last Tuesday conceded Mr. Trump had a point. “Trump’s various scandals and outbursts helped reporters build résumés, sell books, land lucrative commentary gigs and win awards,” it reported. By contrast, post-Trump “traffic to the nation’s most popular news sites” has “plummeted” over the past five weeks. CNN and MSNBC have respectively lost 45% and 26% of their prime-time audiences over the same time.

But no one has suffered more for its codependency than the Lincoln Project, a super PAC launched in 2019 by Republican Never Trumpers. The group has emerged from the elections as discredited as Mr. Trump. When news broke that co-founder John Weaver had regularly sent young men explicit messages soliciting sex in exchange for help with their careers, several key players in the organization resigned.

In response to the scandal, the board announced an external investigation, with co-founder Steve Schmidt insisting that he and the group’s leaders were unaware of any inappropriate behavior until this January. But the Associated Press reports that the leaders learned of the allegations against Mr. Weaver last summer. The question has become distinctly Nixonian: What did the Lincoln Project leaders know and when did they know it?

On top of this, the Lincoln Project increasingly looks like a clever grift. According to Federal Election Commission data, of the nearly $90 million in donations it raised, more than half was directed to consulting firms controlled by the Lincoln Project’s founders. In short, they lined their own pockets.

When Mr. Biden won in November, the received wisdom was that Mr. Trump’s voters would be absolutely lost without him. Who would have thought that would be even truer of his critics?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/all-trumps-codependents-11617057279?mod=hp_opin_pos_3

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