A Florida GOP lawmaker is sponsoring a bill called the “Ultimate Cancel Act,” which seeks to ban any political party that “has previously advocated for, or been in support of, slavery or involuntarily servitude,” WPTV reported.
SB 1248 was filed on Tuesday by State Sen. Blaise Ingoglia. If passed, the legislation would automatically changing the status of voter to “no party affiliation” who fall under the bill’s purview.
“For years now, leftist activists have been trying to cancel people and companies for things they have said or done in the past,” Ingoglia said in a statement. “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.”
Ingoglia says the Democratic Party adopted pro-slavery positions into their platforms during the party’s 1840, 1844, 1856, 1860 and 1864 conventions.
“Some people want to have uncomfortable conversations about certain subjects,” Ingoglia said. “Let’s have those conversations.”
Former Florida Agriculture Commissioner and failed gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried said the new legislation is to be expected.
“Shame on the radical Republican party for initiating some type of a piece of legislation of this magnitude,” Fried said. “This is what a dictator does. This is what a fascist does.”