One top Republican in Congress is sick and tired of the Democratic Party — and he just made a serious move to take action.
Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert announced from the House floor on Thursday that he has introduced legislation that would ban the Democratic Party from Congress because the party once supported slavery.
Gohmert also urged party leaders to change the name of the caucus, which he also said previously supported slavery.
The “Privileged Resolution” calls on Congress “to ban any political organization or party that has ever held a public position supportive of slavery or the Confederate States of America,” The Hill reported.
“A great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred,” Gohmert said. “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.”
Gohmert also included in his resolution more than a dozen instances of Democrats either standing in the way of civil rights reform or promoting racist policies.
These included Woodrow Wilson’s segregation policies in 1912, the Ku Klux Klan’s presence at the 1924 Democratic National Convention, and the prominence of Sen. Robert Byrd, who was one of the country’s most racist lawmakers.
“To avoid triggering innocent bystanders by the racist past of the Democratic Party, I would suggest they change their name,” Gohmert said. “That is the standard to which they are holding everyone else, so the name change needs to occur.”
Gohmert’s comments came after the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation this week to remove confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.
The vote was 305-113.
Seventy-two Republicans and one Libertarian, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, joined with all Democrats in passing the legislation.
The legislation would remove all statues of individuals “who voluntarily served the Confederate States of America from display in the United States Capitol.”
If passed by the Senate, the legislation would direct the Architect of the Capitol to identify and remove other statues of individuals who served as an officer or volunteer in the confederacy and deliver those statues to the Smithsonian Institution.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously said he does not support removing the statues.
Last week, President Donald Trump said he will veto the defense spending bill if lawmakers try to change the name of Confederate monuments or bases.
Trump said he would not sign a defense bill if there were any amendments that called for military bases to be renamed.