Many Democrats have worked in recent years to bring down statues and rename institutions, citing historical racism as the reason.
In response, one Republican lawmaker has taken that reasoning to its logical conclusion by writing a bill to ban the Democratic Party over its prior support for slavery.
Florida bill targets any party that supported slavery
Fox News reported that Florida state Sen. Blaise Ingoglia introduced a piece of legislation last month titled “The Ultimate Cancel Act.”
The bill requires Florida’s “Division of Elections to immediately cancel the filings of a political party” if it has “previously advocated for, or been in support of, slavery or involuntary servitude.”
Under the act’s provisions, Democratic voters would automatically become unaffiliated while Democratic Party officers would be forced to reorganize under a new name.
Fox News noted that the Democratic Party was a vocal advocate for slavery prior to the Civil War and led the 11 Confederate states which seceded from the Union in 1861.
GOP lawmaker: “It would be hypocritical not to cancel the Democrat Party”
“The reason behind filing this bill is that I was tired of Leftist Democrats canceling people, places, and things for occurrences that happened centuries ago regarding slavery,” Ingoglia was quoted as telling Fox News.
“I always thought it was hypocritical that members of the Democrat Party would cancel others under those auspices, fully knowing that under the same metric their party should be canceled itself for years and decades of advocating a pro-slavery position in their own party platform,” he added.
Ingoglia reiterated that message to Florida’s WESH 2, saying, “For years now, leftist activists have been trying to ‘cancel’ people and companies for things they have said or done in the past.”
“This includes the removal of statues and memorials, and the renaming of buildings. Using this standard, it would be hypocritical not to cancel the Democrat Party itself for the same reason,” he continued.
Ingoglia and Florida Democrats spar on Twitter
Ingoglia got into an online back-and-forth exchange with the Florida House Democrats’s official Twitter account. It denounced his bill as being “ridiculous” and “extremist.”
Ridiculous. Extremist. Out of Touch. Violates 1st Amendment. We hope it gets referenced to the Senate Subcommittee on 🗑️. https://t.co/R4ANsmUwlw
— Florida House Democrats (@FLHouseDems) February 28, 2023
“Sorry, we don’t base our party’s platform on what happened ~180 years ago,” the account declared, adding, “We evolve and grow.”
That led Ingoglia to ask, “Then why do members of your OWN PARTY call for canceling people for things that happened ~250 years ago?”