Senate Republicans in Wisconsin are facing backlash after voting 18-12 in favor of a resolution to honor Rush Limbaugh, the widely known divisive conservative radio host.
In the same session, those Republicans also voted against Democratic efforts to "include slavery and Black history in a bill requiring public schools to teach the Holocaust and other genocides" in addition to another Black History Month initiative they rejected last month, according to Channel 3000.
Now, Democratic lawmakers are pushing back to express their concerns about the efforts state lawmakers are supporting. Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee, Wisc.) said, "The Republicans have issues with who we as a Black body choose to honor, but yet we have to sit in this body and honor somebody like Rush Limbaugh who was a homophobic, xenophobic racist"
Social media users have also blasted Wisconsin Republicans while highlighting the double standard surrounding this latest debacle. One Twitter user wrote, "It's the most Wisconsin legislative thing to refuse to allow a resolution honoring black history month (because they didn't do it in February) and instead pass a resolution to honor Limbaugh."
"Looky there, is seems Ron Johnson is not the only politician in WI with their racism hanging out. Forget the garbage. HR1 and S1," another Twitter user wrote while stressing the importance of "voting rights."
Amid criticism, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) appeared to defend Republican lawmakers' actions. He insisted that, last month, some Republicans voted against the Black history initiative because they were not in agreement with some of the individuals that would be honored during Black History Month. But despite those objections, many of them widely supported the initiative to honor a controversial Limbaugh.
"We asked them to do [a Black History Month resolution] that was more generic, like the ones we had done in the past. They really didn't want to," Vos said during a press conference on Tuesday, March 16. "So we never reached consensus."