TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — A curious bill by a top Republican senator entitled The Ultimate Cancel Act came back in public light on Tuesday morning. Sen. Blaise Ingoglia’s (R-Spring Hill) bill aims to abolish the Democratic party for its slavery stance in the 1800s, and subsequently re-register its voters as Independents.
The bill infuriated Democrats, including Sen. Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando), who stated her willingness to suggest an amendment to SB 1248 that would redirect the cancellation to the Republican party by banning “any political party that has worked to suppress voting, thereby maintaining the last vestiges of slavery.”
Sen. Thompson references SB 90, which Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law in 2021. This law restricted mail-in voting, resulting in court battles on critics’ claims of a pattern of racial bias against Black voters.
Surprisingly, Sen. Ingoglia, welcomed the Democratic senator’s amendment, stating in a press release:
“I wholeheartedly agree with Senator Thompson and I look forward to supporting this amendment in committee. As a matter of fact, I may even co-sponsor it.”
Ingoglia elaborated: “Under Democratic leadership, Florida instituted a poll tax in 1885 that would stay in place for 50 years,” arguing that Sen. Thompson’s amendment would only aid in Ingoglia’s quest to end her party.
“The Democrats not only endorsed these ideas, they passed these laws and enforced these atrocities for decades. Another great reason the Democrat Party should be canceled,” Ingoglia mused.
The Ultimate Cancel Act will first go to the Committee on Ethics and Elections, though the date has yet to be announced.