Rep. Louie Gohmert took to the House floor to deliver an impassioned speech about history, with a lesson on hypocrisy, reminding the nation and those on the left the rabbit hole of removing all things perceived as racist – like the Confederate flag – is a deep one that leads right to the Democratic Party.
The context of Gohmert’s remarks was the nationwide condemnation of the Confederate flag, leading to a congressional attempt to boot the banner from some federally managed properties. Gohmert first reminded the cause of the shooting at the Charleston, South Carolina, church that left nine dead – the spark that started this recent anti-Confederate flag effort – was “evil,” rather than a piece of cloth waved by the suspected shooter, Dylann Roof.
“[But] now there’s this big race to go after the Confederate flag,” he said.
He then suggested those who want to erase from U.S. society all symbols and signs that are tainted by anything racist ought to do a complete job of it.
“In thinking about that,” Gohmert said, “I think there is an entity that was so evil in supporting slavery, in fighting against civil rights, in fighting against the Christian brother that Martin Luther King Jr. was … we ought to look at those symbols and ought to look at what they stood for and perhaps ban any political organization [that touted them] from participating in Congress.”
He then read from the Democratic Party’s political platforms from 1856 and from 1860, where it was stated “all efforts of the abolitionists or others made to induce Congress to interfere with questions of slavery … have an inevitable tendency to diminish the happiness of the people and endanger the permanence and stability of the union and ought not to be countenanced by any friend of our political institutions.”
“That was the official number one plank,” Gohmert said, of the Democratic Party’s 1856 platform.
And the third plank for that year?
“They’re saying they want to preserve slavery in any state that wants to have it,” he said. “I mean, it sounds like something the Ku Klux Klan would’ve done.”
Gohmert said the party adopted the same platforms again in 1860 and concluded: “So if we’re going to eliminate everything that reminds us of the hideous past that supported slavery, the oppression, the horrors that slavery entailed … if we’re going to have a complete cleansing of this country of anything, any symbol, then this platform from the Democratic Party in 1856 and 1860 … then I think it’s time not for the Washington Redskins to change its name, but for the Democratic Party to change its name.”
“Because the history of the Democratic Party is one of oppressing African-Americans, one of supporting slavery,” he said.
Gohmert then suggested a better way for the country to deal with race relations and the current campaigns to erase or skew history.
“Let’s recognize the good with which we’ve been blessed. Let’s stop the name calling, the race baiting, the division politics,” he said. “Let’s quit trying to tear this country apart because of things of the past with which not one person in this room would have taken part in. If we’re really going to go there, we’ve got to end the Democratic Party.”
He went on: “We don’t need to end the Democratic Party. We just need to work together in the present. That doesn’t mean we can’t disagree … [but] let’s look at the example of the victims’ families in Charleston, South Carolina, and say, ‘Wow, they are incredible believers and followers of Jesus Christ – that’s somebody we can emulate.'”
His comments came a day before South Carolina, with much media fanfare, removed its long-standing Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds and retired it to a nearby museum.