White Texas Dem official who called GOP Sen. Tim Scott ‘oreo’ resigns

The head of the Democratic Party in a Texas county resigned Tuesday, days after he described Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) as an “oreo,” leading to an outcry among Republicans.

Now-former Lamar County Democratic Party chairman Gary O’Connor, who is white, told the Washington Examiner in a statement that he was “deeply and sincerely sorry” for using the “racist term” against Scott, one of three black senators and the only black Republican.

“It was insensitive and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use,” O’Connor’s statement read.

O’Connor used the slur, commonly used to describe a black person perceived to be acting like a typical white person, on his personal Facebook page after Scott delivered the formal Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress last week.

Twitter allowed the phrase "Uncle Tim" to trend for hours after Sen. Tim Scott’s Republican response to President Joe Biden.
The phrase “Uncle Tim” trended on Twitter for hours after Sen. Tim Scott’s response to President Joe Biden.
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“I had hoped that Scott might show some common sense, but it seems clear he was little more than an oreo with no real principles,” read the post, which was later deleted.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott led the calls for O’Connor to resign his position and apologize to Scott, as well as for the Texas Democratic Party to censure the former county chairman.

Sen. Tim Scott is one of three black senators in the US Senate and the only black Republican.
Sen. Tim Scott is the only black Republican. in the US Senate.
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Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas), whose district includes part of Lamar County, ripped O’Connor’s comment Friday as “abhorrent, insulting and unforgivable.”

O’Connor was not the only person to target Scott with such vitriol. Twitter allowed the phrase “Uncle Tim” to trend for hours after his remarks, in which Scott insisted that America “is not a racist country.” Twitter eventually blocked the phrase from trending, but tweets containing the term, a modified version of the “Uncle Tom” insult, were allowed to stay up.


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