GOP Congressman Defends Vote Against Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday
Republican United States Representative Ralph Norman of South Carolina said on Friday that he – along with 13 other unenlightened GOP lawmakers – voted against making Juneteenth a federal holiday because there are too many days of historical significance on the calendar already.
And yes, just in case you were wondering, this is the same old Ralph Norman who in May demanded to be presented with evidence that the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol was perpetrated by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Apparently, Norman is unable to fathom the idea that some Americans are able to process recognizing different days for different reasons. And so, in an interview on – where else, Fox News radio – Norman complained that too many marginalized groups are being given the recognition and respect that they rightfully deserve:
Thirteen others of us will be the only ones voting against this. There’s one Fourth of July. There’s one birthday, Independence Day is Fourth of July. And I had a lot of negativity on it. But this was an easy no vote. The fact that they would try to make race a part of it, it had nothing to do with race, how many holidays do we want? What’s the magic number? This would put it to eleven. Do we want twenty? How are we going to do one for the Native American Indians? I mean, where does it stop? And this was such an easy no vote. And I was talking to a Congressman this morning saying why he switched. And they were scared of the race issue. But this doesn’t have anything to do with race.
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski captured the Congressman’s remarks and posted them to Twitter:
Clip of the comments:pic.twitter.com/rg8vlgEYNn
(Audio via @therecount)
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) June 18, 2021