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Politics: Gary O'Connor, Texas Democrat Who Called Tim Scott an 'Oreo,' Faces Calls to Resign

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Texas Democrat Gary O'Connor is facing calls for his resignation after referring to Republican South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott as an "Oreo."

a person talking on a cell phone: Texas Democrat Gary O'Connor faces calls to resign after calling Tim Scott an © Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images Texas Democrat Gary O'Connor faces calls to resign after calling Tim Scott an "Oreo."

In a since-deleted Facebook post, O'Connor, who chairs the Lamar County Democratic Party, criticized Scott after the Republican delivered a rebuttal to President Joe Biden's Congressional address.

"I had hoped that Scott might show some common sense, but it seems clear he is little more than an oreo with no real principles," he wrote.

The term "oreo" is sometimes used as a disparaging and offensive slur for a "Black person who is regarded as having adopted the attitudes, values, and behavior thought to be characteristic of middle-class white society, often at the expense of their own heritage," according to Dictionary.com.

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Republican Texas Rep. Pat Fallon called for O'Connor to resign over his "abhorrent, insulting and unforgivable" remarks.

"Gary O'Connor's comment against Senator Tim Scott is abhorrent, insulting, and unforgivable. Both he and the entire Lamar County Democratic Party should be ashamed of this racist behavior," Fallon said in a statement. "O'Connor must apologize and step down immediately."

He added: "Additionally, I call on both the Democratic Party of Texas and the NAACP to condemn these words, and the state party should take swift action to censure him. This kind of behavior is not tolerable in Texas, the United States, or any political party."

Other critics took to social media to call for O'Connor to be ousted from his post.

Twitter stopped 'Uncle Tim' from trending, but no word if it will remove tweets

  Twitter stopped 'Uncle Tim' from trending, but no word if it will remove tweets Twitter blocked the phrase “Uncle Tim” from appearing in the platform’s trending section but has not answered whether users who used the derogatory phrase against Sen. Tim Scott will be banned until the tweets are deleted. © Provided by Washington Examiner "I can confirm that we are blocking the phrase you referenced from appearing in Trends. This is in line with our policies on Trends," a Twitter spokesperson told the Washington Examiner. "We want Trends to promote healthy conversations on Twitter.

"Gary O'Connor needs to be forced out of his position," tweeted @cricket2001.

@JonathanAFox154 wrote, "Democrats have called for Republicans who make questionable social media posts. When will you encourage Gary O'Connor, your Lamar Co., TX party chair to resign for calling Mr. Tim Scott a racial slur. I demand equality."

"Gary O'Connor must resign or be terminated. Disgusting racist," @dwsgrant added.

In his rebuttal, Scott said, "Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It's backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it's wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present."

On Wednesday night, "Uncle Tim" began trending on the social media platform as Scott faced online backlash for his remarks.

Scott appeared on Fox & Friends Thursday to hit back at his critics. "Intolerance so often comes from the left with words like 'Uncle Tim' and the N-word being used against me by the left, and last night what was trending on social media was 'Uncle Tim,'" he said.

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  How Senator Tim Scott went from flunking out to rising Republican star Scott, 53, is considered a rising star in the Republican Party after delivering the stinging rebuttal to President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Policy points aside, Scott's tale of overcoming difficulties in his youth won him praise from conservatives, and his tribute to both his mother and the Chick-fil-A franchisee who mentored him as a teen drew interest from across the political spectrum.'I was disillusioned and angry, and I nearly failed out of school. But I was blessed. First, with a praying momma. Then with a mentor, a Chick-Fil-A operator named John Moniz.

Newsweek reached out to the Texas Democratic Party for comment. This story will be updated with any response.

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