Republicans who lead the Wisconsin State Assembly handed a decision Wednesday to honor the late conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh after rejecting Democratic efforts to acknowledge Black History Month.
The Assembly voted 56-35 to go the decision, aimed toward “honoring the life and commemorating the career and accomplishments” of Limbaugh, an in depth ally of former President Donald Trump who poured bigotry and conspiracy theories onto America’s airwaves for many years earlier than his demise final month.
Senate Republicans had handed the decision 18-12 Tuesday. In the identical session, Republicans additionally blocked efforts to “include slavery and Black history in a bill requiring public schools to teach the Holocaust and other genocides,” in response to Channel3000.
The transfer prompted outrage from Democrats in each chambers. Last month, Republicans refused to take up resolutions that may acknowledge February as Black History Month and honor Black leaders.
White Republican leaders took challenge with among the potential honorees and sought to make adjustments, together with eradicating Democratic voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal reported. Reaching a stalemate, the decision was not taken up.
State Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach slammed GOP management’s protection on Tuesday, saying it was not a superb look to honor “an oppressor while being critical of the oppressed.”
The decision’s writer within the Assembly, Rep. Shae Sortwell, argued Wednesday that he “can’t agree with everything” Limbaugh ever stated, however that “there are a whole lot of people out there who have a high amount of respect” for him, Sentinel reporter Molly Beck reported.
Wisconsin’s Democratic Party Chair Ben Wikler released a statement Tuesday denouncing the decision.
“Make no mistake: the GOP effort to lionize Rush Limbaugh is a naked attempt to legitimize the race-baiting and fear-mongering that Limbaugh pioneered and that Donald Trump built his political career upon,” he stated. “By honoring Rush Limbaugh on the floor of the Wisconsin State Senate, Republicans are once again showing us exactly who they are, and we should believe them.”
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