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Mary Rose Corkery on June 27, 2020

The Democratic Party of Orange County, California, demanded removing actor John Wayne’s name from its airport due to past “racist and bigoted” remarks Wayne made, it announced Friday.

The party created a resolution to remove Wayne’s name and likeness based on Wayne’s “white supremacist, anti-LGBT, and anti-Indigenous views” Wayne expressed in a 1971 interview, according to the document.

The move came in solidarity with widespread calls to remove “white supremacist symbols” and recognize their impact on the black community and “other oppressed groups,” the resolution stated.

“The Democratic Party of Orange County condemns John Wayne’s racist and bigoted statements, and calls for John Waynes’ [sic] name and likeness to be removed from the Orange County airport, and calls on the OC Board of Supervisors to restore its original name: Orange County Airport,” the resolution added.

Since George Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis police custody, protesters have taken to pulling down and defacing statues and monuments across the United States to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

Wayne is famously known for his role in films like “The Cowboys” and “True Grit” and died in 1979.

The Democratic Party of Orange County did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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    Gerald Cline June 28, 2020

    I he had been alive in 2016 John Wayne would probably have voted for Trump. But, seeing how he was dead, I’m sure he voted for Hillary. What more do the Democrats want…?!?!?

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    Larry W Gaines June 28, 2020

    California Democrats are all Stupid Crybabies

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    John E. June 28, 2020

    I notice that there are no quotes, just innuendo. As for the LGBTQ community that is up in arms, he was dead before there even WAS an LBGTQ “community”. California, please, please, please, get your heads out of the heavy cannabis clouds surrounding you and come back to reality.

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    Donald Rombach June 28, 2020

    John Wayne was a great American icon! Grow up basement Democrats!

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    Betty June 28, 2020

    Soon it will be illegal to be a white person. Maybe white people should go blackface. Oh no, can’t do that, it’s racist. But, then again they are racists against white people, but that is ok. The real problem is the protesters want us to think the problem is racism but it’s not. They want socialism and communism and is hiding behind racism. This will all end shortly but will not be a pretty sight. TRUMP 2020

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    keir harrington June 28, 2020

    I wonder if any black Americans have ever really been asked if this is what they want? Or is this just more WHITE GUILT being displayed and secretly being laughed at?

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    .M. June 28, 2020

    John Wayne’s comments were made in the past and I personally am living in the now. What I see in some people no matter what color is not kindness, love, compassion. What can be done about those things? When will people realize what makes us live as one people is not what we look like but what is in our hearts. Maybe we should have a new slogan “ Love One Another, It Matters”

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    Maxine Smith June 28, 2020

    When are these Demo C🐀s stupidity going to be stopped? Enough is Enough!! John Wayne is a better man and human being than any of these psychopath Democrats.

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    Dave June 28, 2020

    Counting the days to Nov. 3rd
    TRUMP 2020

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    FDC June 28, 2020

    Are you guys really that stupid… leave John Wayne alone you commies.. he was an actor!!!!

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    katman June 28, 2020

    I say send the deMoncrats back to hell from where they are from.
    “The Duke” is a movie icon, a legend, played in more movies than any other actor.
    I am sick & tired of the LGBTQ MAFIA making any demands as they are an offense to G-d.

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    Bob Nicholson June 28, 2020

    When is the earthquake going to happen that will make California slide to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean? John Wayne was a great actor and a kind and giving human being. The Democratic Party is desperately grabbing at straws to appeal to Americans of color. African-Americans or Black-Americans are identities spouted by the true RACISTS. I’m an AMERICAN. If people think they deserve something for nothing in this country, then they need to LEAVE. America has been a melting pot since it was created. LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT. You don’t love it and think you deserve to stay? Suuuure. Give me a call and I’ll help you out, ok? And yes, I’ll help you out for FREE.

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    rickzilla June 28, 2020

    Removing his name is ludicrous. The democrats have gone bananas. They should research the history of the Democratic Party. Facts: The Democratic Party is the party that was for slavery, The Democratic Party is the party of the KKK (Senator Byrd for example), The Democratic Party is the party of Jim Crow, etc…. What portraits did goofy Pelosi remove from Congress? Three of the portraits were of democratic speakers of the house. Maybe the democrats should entertain the proposition of changing their name because of its racist past. I think the Socialist Party fits them and their far left views to a ‘T’.

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    Lee Smith June 28, 2020

    Why do the democrats think they get to call the shots on name change? No one asked my opinion or anyone else I know when it was changed from Orange County Airport to John Wayne. The insanity of the democrats is absolutely unbelievable . It is like a planet of lunacy has invaded Earth. I think it is called communism.

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    Gloria Shannon June 28, 2020

    Then what about Biden and his racist remarks…..he needs to be removed from the presidential ballot. This is total BS

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    Regina Milione June 28, 2020

    Shame on the democrats. You have no balls to stand for anything that really matters. You are constantly making a-holes out of yourselves. You know what, we don’t need or want any of you!!

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    Don June 29, 2020

    More children needing pacifiers and some discipline.

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    Jojodmonkey June 29, 2020

    Hopefully the big one will strike The west coast this summer and we won’t have to worry about these commies any more!

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    JerryDV June 29, 2020

    The past is the past. Why waste time and energy removing John Wayne’s name. “The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.”― Omar Khayyam Can this explain why Pelosi isn’t calling to wipe West Virginia’s Robert Byrd’s name off some 55 bridges, highways, dams, and other facilities in Byrd’s state. These honor Byrd’s 51 years in the Senate, including 12 as Democrat leader. Byrd led the 83-day Democrat filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and spoke non-stop for its defeat for 14 hours on the Senate floor. Byrd also was an Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, for which he recruited some 150 fresh Klansmen in the 1940s. Why have Democrats not cleansed the Capitol of this former Klansman’s image, and urged West Virginians to do likewise? Or is it because Byrd was a Democrat?

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    Jim June 29, 2020

    If the Democrats want to purge some names from public buildings, they should remove all names from public buildings, street names and rename cities, counties/parishes and states named after people. This has gotten ridiculous. We cannot erase or re-write history, but we can do better at putting it in perspective to the norms of the time. Politicians who are so short-sighted that they want to try to erase history and risk repeating the mistakes of the past need to be removed from power.

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    Demonangel June 29, 2020

    Wat, wait, I can’t text while I’m laughing. Ok, exactly WHAT did Mr. Wayne say? I’m sure whatever statement he allegedly made has been taken WAY out of context and is only the OPINION of the dems that is smearing Mr.Wayns good name. Mr Wayne’s relatives should SUE for defamation. You will notice it’s only. WHITE ICONIC HEROS that are being targeted by the dregs of humanity. Just sayin’.

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    Diogenes June 29, 2020

    Good. Take his name down. Wayne was no hero; in fact, he was the worst kind of draft-dodger. After Pearl Harbor, other Hollywood stars like Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable volunteered to serve, but Wayne’s studio head, Herbert Yates, got him a deferment. In 1944 the Selective Service revoked his deferments and classified him medically 1A – eligible for military service. Yates appealed and got him another deferment until the war’s end. While others served and put their lives in danger, Wayne’s biggest risk was too much suntan on the beaches of Malibu etc. He made 13 movies during the war, depicting himself as a tough guy and combat hero while making millions of bucks.

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    Frosty June 29, 2020

    He probably said Cowboys and Injuns, instead of Cowboys and Indians.

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    Danny Galiszewski June 29, 2020

    Fruitcake s ! ! ! !

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    Pusala June 30, 2020

    Quit trying to white wash history. Accept the realities of the world you live in. We have abolished slavery but it continues to be dwelled on by the descendants of slaves instead of moving past it. White folks have bent over backwards trying to placate the black community and let them know they’re past it. One way they showed that was by electing a BLACK MAN as President twice. You see as many white people at BLM protests as black people. John Wayne was a symbol of a true American during his time. Let him remain so.

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