Florida Senator Files Bill to De-Certify Democrat Party – ‘The Ultimate Cancel Act’
Florida state senator Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, filed a new bill on Tuesday that would effectively decertify the Democrat Party. “The Ultimate Cancel Act” would immediately end any political party that previously advocated for slavery in its platform. While the bill does not specifically reference the Democrat Party, Ingoglia says that’s his intended target.
“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,” Ingoglia said in a statement. “Using this standard, it would be hypocritical not to cancel the Democratic Party itself for the same reason.”
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The senator then pointed out that the Democrat Party adopted pro-slavery positions as part of their platform in 1840, 1844, 1856, 1860, and 1864. He continued, saying it was important to confront the party’s past.
“Some people want to have ‘uncomfortable conversations’ about certain subjects. Let’s have those conversations.”
Under the new bill, the Division of Elections would decertify the Democrat Party and any other party that has “previously advocated for, or been in support of, slavery or involuntary servitude.”
If “The Ultimate Cancel Act” were signed into law, Democrat voters would be automatically registered as “non-party affiliated” (NPA) and receive notice in the mail that their party had been “canceled.” Voters would then be given the option to register with a different party.
According to the bill text, the “canceled” party would be allowed to re-register, but only under a new name that is “substantially different from the name of any other party previously registered with the department.”
The Florida House Democrats responded to the proposal on Twitter, saying, “Ridiculous. Extremist. Out of Touch. Violates 1st Amendment. We hope it gets referenced to the Senate Subcommittee on [Garbage].” They then went on to call for an amendment that would “include parties that support insurrections.”
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
But Ingoglia fired back,
“Pro-Slavery positions were voted on, and adopted, in the OFFICIAL Democrat Party platform. I can’t seem to find the word “insurrection” anywhere in the Republican Party platform. Hmmm.”
Pro-Slavery positions were voted on, and adopted, in the OFFICIAL Democrat Party platform.
I can’t seem to find the word “insurrection” anywhere in the Republican Party platform. Hmmm.
— Blaise Ingoglia (@GovGoneWild) February 28, 2023
“[Blaise Ingoglia] just single handily trolled an entire state political party…..and they fell for it. LMAO,” wrote one user on Twitter.
“Fact check: TRUE,” Ingoglia responded.
Fact check: TRUE. https://t.co/jFDAfyAW3W
— Blaise Ingoglia (@GovGoneWild) March 1, 2023
The Democrat Party was founded in 1828 by Andrew Jackson and Martin van Buren. In its early years, the party promoted states’ rights, including slavery. The party became split over its support for slavery in 1860, ahead of the U.S. Civil War.
The Florida Democrat Party suffered a stunning loss in 2022 that saw the resignation of its party chair. Former Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried was elected as the new leader of the party on Saturday. Since 2018, the Florida Democrat party has been in steep decline, losing the 2022 governor’s race by nearly 20 points. Florida Republican voters outnumber Democrats by roughly 400,000, compared to the Democrats’ 300,000 voter lead in 2018.
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If Ingoglia’s proposal were to be signed into law, it would take effect on July 1, 2023.
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