A Texas Democrat leader has resigned after referring to Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) as an “Oreo,” an incident that caused a social media uproar for several days before he finally chose to bow to the pressure.
The Lamar County Democratic Party Chairman Gary O’Connor resigned after calls for his removal over his use of a racial slur toward the senator. The comment took place following Scott’s rebuttal of President Joe Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress last Wednesday.
“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 on Facebook.
In a statement to The Washington Examiner on Tuesday, O’Connor wrote, “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. It was insensitive, and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use.”
He added, “As a result, I feel compelled to offer my resignation as chair of the Lamar County Democratic Party for consideration by the County Executive Committee.”
Calls for O’Connor’s resignation came from top Texas leaders over the past week. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Saturday:
This is disgusting, hateful, and completely unacceptable.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 1, 2021
Scott has gained wide acclaim for his rebuttal to the president. He argued against America as a racist country and highlighted the many positive changes that have taken place during his lifetime, including his role as a U.S. Senator.