Republican drops opposition to Juneteenth holiday — but conservatives are still triggered by Senate vote
In a rather surprising move, the Senate passed a bill on Tuesday by unanimous consent that makes Juneteenth, a day of remembrance to the belated end of slavery following the Emancipation Proclamation, into a federal holiday. The sudden passage of the legislation, which was held up by one Republican senator, triggered some conservative and far-right activists online.
Juneteenth, which occurs on June 19, pays tribute to those enslaved African Americans and, more specifically, serves as a staunch reminder of the moment the final enslaved African Americans were freed in 1865 after confederate soldiers finally surrendered more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Instead of celebrating that much-delayed tribute, conservatives mocked the soon-to-be holiday. The first ones to get in on the mockery of Juneteenth in a rather distasteful way was no other than the cast of pro-Trump pundits over at the right-wing Daily Wire.
"After hearing about Juneteenth for the first time 14 seconds ago, it is now deeply meaningful and important to me, and I feel passionately that this day, whatever it is, ought to be celebrated not just in America but across the Earth, and the entire solar system," Daily Wire commentator Matt Walsh sarcastically tweeted. "You should thank me for giving some of you the chance to show off your anti-racist bonafides in the comments by bragging about how long you've know [sic] of and celebrated Juneteenth," he added in a seemingly snarky tone.
After hearing about Juneteenth for the first time 14 seconds ago, it is now deeply meaningful and important to me and I feel passionately that this day, whatever it is, ought to be celebrated not just in America but across the Earth and the entire solar system
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 16, 2021
"What was accomplished by making 'Juneteenth' a national holiday?" fellow Daily Wire pundit Michael Knowles snarked.
What was accomplished by making “Juneteenth" a national holiday?
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) June 15, 2021
Anti-Muslim organizer Brigitte Gabriel further remarked, "Is racism over now that Juneteenth is a holiday?"
Other right-wingers also weighed in on the new federal holiday:
Had anyone heard of this holiday before two years ago? Am I just like... not hip with random holidays? https://t.co/mYzBiBfiSv
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) June 16, 2021
Don't be surprised that "conservatives" are pushing Juneteenth and CRT.
They swooned over revisionist history cast 'Hamilton.'
I never understood that one either.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 16, 2021
Conservatives complaining about how they've never even heard of Juneteenth until now is lame but I do think we should absolutely make Gay-ween a thing pic.twitter.com/eawu4GoShY
— Courtney Hagle (@CourtneyHagle) June 16, 2021
When the bill first came to the senate's attention back in 2020, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson blocked the measure citing the expensive nature that implantation of the federal holiday would entail, but over the course of this past week, he has reversed his objection.
"Although I strongly support celebrating Emancipation, I objected to the cost and lack of debate," Johnson, who is running for reelection in Wisconsin, previously stated. "While it still seems strange that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter."
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