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House votes to kill Republican resolution to ban Democratic Party

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, attends a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on May 8, 2019. Gohmert introduced a resolution In July 2020 that would have effectively banned the Democratic Party for its historical affiliation with "slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan." The House voted against the measure 223-to-176 on Sept. 29.

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By DONNA CASSATA | The Washington Post | Published: October 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Tuesday killed a Republican resolution that would have effectively banned the Democratic Party or any political organization for its past history of supporting slavery and the Confederacy.

The House voted 223-to-176 to table the resolution sponsored by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who introduced it in July as a counter to the overwhelming, bipartisan House vote to remove statues of Confederate leaders from the Capitol.

Gohmert reintroduced the privileged resolution last week, forcing a swift procedural vote in the House that fell along near-party lines.

"A great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred," Gohmert said in July. "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."

The resolution from Gohmert also would have directed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to remove "any item that names, symbolizes, or mentions any political organization or party that has ever held a public position that supported slavery or the Confederacy, from any area within the House."

Gohmert introduced the resolution in July shortly after the House votes on removing the statues of Confederate leaders and replacing the bust of Roger B. Taney, the U.S. chief justice who wrote the Supreme Court decision that said people of African descent are not U.S. citizens.

The vote was 305 to 113 for the bill that would replace the bust of Taney, which sits outside the old Supreme Court chamber on the first floor of the Capitol, with one of Thurgood Marshall, the first black member of the Supreme Court.

That vote came amid a broader push by Democrats to remove statues, portraits and other art in the U.S. Capitol honoring Confederate leaders and other controversial figures, at a time of national reckoning over systemic racism after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Gohmert's resolution cited Democratic Party platforms in the 1800s and the filibuster by some in the party against the 1964 Civil Rights Act that a Democratic president, Lyndon B. Johnson, signed into law.