Two Republican Senators Propose Swapping Out Columbus Day With Juneteenth
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Two Republican Senators have fallen to the left-wing mob and are currently pushing to get rid of Columbus Day and replace it with Juneteenth instead.
Republican Senators Ron Johnson and James Lankford came out in support for making Juneteenth 1 of 10 federal holidays.
“In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further into debt,” Johnson said in a statement.
“We support celebrating emancipation with a federal holiday, but believe we should eliminate a current holiday in exchange,” Johnson added.
The Daily Wire reports:
The amendment was filed after Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) moved to recognize Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in Texas nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, as a federal holiday earlier this month. Democratic senators have also put forth a similar proposal.
As noted by The Hill, Cornyn is not in favor of getting rid of Columbus Day as a federal holiday, noting that it “dilutes the message we’re trying to send, which is one of being respectful and honoring and remembering our history.”
“I think that’s problematic,” said Cornyn. “We’re working through all those things right now, we just don’t have an answer right this second.”
Before Cornyn came out with these comments, Lankford said that Juneteenth must be celebrated because it formed a better Union.
“We should celebrate these strides on the federal level while remaining cognizant of the impact the existing ten federal holidays have on federal services and local businesses,” said Lankford. “We can reduce these impacts by replacing Columbus Day as a federal holiday with Juneteenth, America’s second Independence day.”
The Daily Wire continues:
Johnson shared similar sentiments about the choice of which holiday to replace, remarking in the press release that Columbus Day is “lightly celebrated” and the “least disruptive” option for the schedules of Americans, reports The Oklahoman.
While the first recorded celebration of Columbus Day occurred in 1792, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the explorer’s 1492 landing, Columbus Day was first recognized federally when President Benjamin Harrison announced a one-time recognition in 1892, according to Politico.
According to The New York Times, Harrison’s decision to recognize Columbus Day was made “in the wake of a bloody New Orleans lynching that took the lives of 11 Italian immigrants.” The federal recognition, the Times argued in 2019, “was part of a broader attempt to quiet outrage among Italian-Americans, and a diplomatic blowup over the murders that brought Italy and the United States to the brink of war.”
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