GOP's Foxx: Republicans Passed Civil Rights Act

Republican House member says it was the GOP, not LBJ or the Democrats, who passed civil rights laws.

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A comment by oft-controversial North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx had Democrats choking down anger again today. On the House floor, Foxx suggested that it was the Republicans, not Democrats or President Lyndon B. Johnson, who pushed through the civil rights acts of the 1960s. Think Progress has the video here.

Says Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "It speaks volumes that House Republicans would send out one of its top lieutenants, Virginia Foxx, to make such an absurd statement about the civil rights era, given her own history of making such racially offensive remarks."

In a statement, he reminded reporters that Foxx had used the term "tar baby" on the House floor and had suggested that the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard was not a hate crime.