But Carlson and other congressional Republicans and conservatives on Wednesday condemned the senator’s attempt to deprive Columbus Day of status, accusing the couple of succumbing to the current moment in history, rather than insisting on a federal holiday since the 1930s-even if more places to choose No tribute to the explorer.
“They want to delete it from the national calendar,” Carlson said. Later he added: “They want to quietly eliminate Columbus Day and then move to the next item in the rioters̵
Johnson explained in a joint press release announcing the amendment that this measure was not due to Columbus’ oppression of indigenous peoples, but to add the cost of another federal holiday to the calendar. They pointed out that an NPR report estimated that federal holidays cost US$600 million to federal employees on paid leave. The Wisconsin senator described the deletion of Columbus Day’s amendment as a way of “not letting us fall further into debt.”
Johnson said in a statement: “We support the celebration of liberation on federal holidays, but we think we should eliminate the current holiday as an exchange.” “We chose Columbus Day as the celebration holiday, which has the least impact on the American schedule.”
Lankford touted June 14 as an “important step” in building a better union, and he agreed with it. He said that leaders should be “aware of the existing 10 federal holidays for federal services and The impact of local businesses.”
The Oklahoma Senator said: “We can reduce these effects by making Columbus Day the second independent day of the United States, June 14, as a federal holiday.”
Senator John Cohen (R-Tex.), the co-sponsor of the June bill of the Senate, expressed great doubts about the proposal. Cornyn said in an interview with Hill that Columbus Day on June 14 “cuts the message we are trying to convey, which is respect for us, respect and nostalgia for our history.”
The Texas Senator said of the amendment: “I think this is a problem.” “We are dealing with all these problems now, and we have no answers yet.”
The efforts against Columbus Day have been carried out for many years. In 2019, more than 100 cities and regions renamed the October Federal Holiday as “Indigenous People’s Day” to commemorate the rich history and regain indigenous history. Only 21 states mark Columbus Day as a paid holiday.
Johnson and Frankford pointed out that the amendment was made after a similar decision was made last month against Columbus Day in Franklin County, Ohio. The Columbus dispatch agency said the county, including Columbus, Ohio, announced that it would take vacations from 2021 to support the June 14 holiday of its approximately 1,400 county employees.
The conservative party on social media has criticized and confused the Johnson and Lankford’s swap proposal.
“I look forward to donating to the Republicans in the primary election Ron Johnson or James Rankford,” Tweet Conservative podcast host Michael Knowles. “Do whatever you want on June 14th, but not at the expense of Columbus Day!”
Save Columbus Day!
-Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) July 2, 2020
In “Fox News”, Carlson suggested to prime time audiences that if the Columbus Day amendment was passed, the “suddenly awake” Republican senator would explore “other revolutionary and cultural profanity.”
He said: “It all depends on you letting them know you noticed that they are trying to cancel Columbus Day.” “If you don’t say anything, you won’t say what Johnson and Johnson and Lankford will do next.”
A Lankford spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment. Earlier on Thursday, a Johnson spokesperson told the Washington Post that the sole motivation for the amendment was to avoid “incurring additional costs.”
Johnson responded to the criticism on Twitter on Wednesday night and emphasized that his changes to Columbus Memorial Day should not be compared with the overthrowed statue.
Johnson said: “This will not detract from Christopher Columbus’ achievements, nor will it express any value judgment on its historical status.” Tweet. “I don’t support efforts to eliminate America’s long history-whether it is good or bad or ugly.”