Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) introduced a resolution on the House floor on Thursday that calls on the Democratic Party to change its name because of "racist" ties to the past. Gohmert pointed out how the party is "blatantly and offensively tied to slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan."
According to a statement released by Gohmert's office concerning the resolution:
As outlined in the resolution, a great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred. Since people are demanding we rid ourselves of the entities, symbols, and reminders of the repugnant aspects of our past, then the time has come for Democrats to acknowledge their party’s loathsome and bigoted past, and consider changing their party name to something that isn’t so blatantly and offensively tied to slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan. As the country watches violent leftists burn our cities, tear down our statues and call upon every school, military base and city street to be renamed, it is important to note that past atrocities these radicals claim to be so violently offensive were largely committed by members in good standing of the Democratic Party. Whether it be supporting the most vile forms of racism or actively working against Civil Rights legislation, Democrats in this country perpetuated these abhorrent forms of discrimination and violence practically since their party’s inception. To avoid triggering innocent bystanders by the racist past of the Democratic Party, I would suggest they change their name. That is the standard to which they are holding everyone else, so the name change needs to occur.
Gohmert read the resolution on the floor and even named current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in it, pointing out that all of the portraits of former House Speakers Pelosi recently wanted removed were Democrats.
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ordered the removal from the Capitol portraits of four previous Speakers of the House who served in the Confederacy, saying that these portraits ‘set back our nation’s work to confront and combat bigotry,'" Gohmert read in House Chamber. "The men depicted in the portraits were Democrat Robert M. T. Hunter, Democrat Howell Cobb, Democrat James L. Orr and Democrat Charles F. Crisp."
For video of Gohmert's resolution introduction, watch below: