‘You Lie!’ Heckler Yells as GOP Lawmaker Notes Democrats’ Links to Slavery, Jim Crow

CNS News | 6/19/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – During a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Wednesday on the contentious issue of reparations for slavery, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) was accused of lying as he pointed out that the Democratic Party was the party historically associated with slavery and Jim Crow laws.

The hearing by the subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties was the first in 12 years to examine the subject, and saw witnesses argue passionately for and against the idea that the descendants of slaves should receive reparations.

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A bill sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) calls for a commission to be set up to examine the lasting impact of slavery, and make recommendations on appropriate remedies. The legislation has been introduced 17 times over the past three decades, but has never advanced.

Noting earlier comments during the hearing on the importance of Americans knowing their history, Gohmert submitted into the record a copy of an article entitled “Our History” on the Democratic National Committee website, and wondered why it included no references to:

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--The party’s platform in support of slavery, six times, between 1840-1860.

--The fact seven Democratic presidents owned slaves.

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--The party’s platforms “that either supported segregation outright or were silent on the subject,” 20 times between 1868 and 1948.

--The fact three-fourths of the opposition in the House to the 1964 Civil Rights Act came from Democrats, along with 80 percent of the opposition in the Senate.

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“And last but certainly not least,” Gohmert said, “there’s no reference to the fact that Birmingham, Alabama public safety commissioner Bull Connor, who infamously unleashed dogs and firehoses on civil rights protestors, was in fact both a member of the Democratic National Committee and the Ku Klux Klan.”

“So it is important that we know our history and we not punish people today for the sins of their predecessors in the...
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