Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) gave a very strong rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress, decrying divisive political race-baiting. Following that, the slur “Uncle Tim” trended on Twitter and a panel on MSNBC trashed him with Joy Reid stating that she was “shocked and a bit embarrassed” for him.
On Wednesday evening following Scott’s speech, leftists on Twitter flooded the social media platform with the racist slur. An MSNBC panel was all over Scott’s admonitions on race as well.
Host Rachel Maddow led the panel in attacking Scott by claiming “it’s going to be hard for most people that are paying any attention to politics to swallow the ‘Republicans support making it easier to vote’ line.” She added: “There’s some stuff there that may make sense in a sliver of Republican world, but in the news world I don’t think will ring.”
Nicolle Wallace joined the progressive dog pile: “This is a speech delivered from a planet where facts don’t matter, which is where the current Republican party resides, so it’s not really his fault. But it is his responsibility to get his facts straight.” She also stated that “the most reprehensible thing” Scott said in his speech had to do with the Georgia voting law.
Then Joy Reid joined the bash fest: “This was standard Republican pablum. This could have been delivered by Tom Cotton or Mike Lee. ‘America’s not a racist country.’ ‘There’s no racism here.’ I’m not sure what the purpose of this was. His audience to me appeared to be conservative white Republicans who are angry over certain things, of cancel culture and the same sort of cultural nods that we hear on Fox News. And he was out here to throw them a lifeline.” She also proclaimed that she was “shocked and a bit embarrassed” for Scott and that “this was a lost opportunity” to address criminal justice reform.
Lawrence O’Donnell attacked just for the sake of attacking and objected to Scott saying, “Our president seems like a good man.”
O’Donnell remarked: “He couldn’t bring himself to say to Republican voters who he wants to raise money from ‘our president is a good man,’” O’Donnell nitpicked. “If you asked Joe Biden about Tim Scott, there’s no circumstance in which Joe Biden wouldn’t say ‘Tim Scott’s a good man’ and then he’d go onto talk about his disagreements. But that construction is a 21st-century Republican construction in that sentence about a Democratic president of the United States.”
“Our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes,” Scott said in his address. “We need policies and progress that bring us closer together. But three months in, the actions of the President and his party are pulling us further and further apart.”
Senator Scott made the point in his speech that the United States is not a racist country: “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”
He reflected on his life and how he had encountered racism. Some of that came from those on the left who have branded him an “Uncle Tom” which insinuates that he answers to white people. The slur is in the same vein as the one that went viral on Twitter calling him an “Uncle Tim,” and it was promoted by the left as well.
Tim Scott gets called Uncle Tom by progressives. But he’s an Uncle Tim.
— Young Daddy (@Toure) April 29, 2021
😩🤣🤣🤣 Twitter got me rolling with these Uncle Tim tweets.
I hope y'all roast Tim Scott's a** all week. pic.twitter.com/jepZWTjGsB
— My Captain America is Black. (@JerrellZod) April 29, 2021
Uncle Tom… sorry, Uncle Tim is a very confused black man.
“America is not a racist society.”
“I have experienced the pain of discrimination.”
— Andrew Mungai (@SaintMungai) April 29, 2021
How can calling Tim Scott “Uncle Tim” be racist when he just told everyone this isn’t a racist country? 🙂🇺🇸
— DEFUND & ABOLISH POLICE, REFUND OUR COMMUNITIES (@BreeNewsome) April 29, 2021
“I get called Uncle Tom and the N-word by progressives… I know firsthand, our healing is not finished,” Scott stated during his rebuttal.
Joy Reid used a similar tactic against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas labeling him “Uncle Clarence” last year. She also called Scott a token black in March.
Scott’s words during his rebuttal infuriated Democrats and the media. He was castigated and at the same time dismissed.
MSNBC host Touré Neblett was one of the leftists on Twitter to spread the racially charged “Uncle Tim” slur far and wide. And Twitter did not appear to have an issue with the derogatory tweets, which incensed conservatives.
“Twitter is choosing to trend a racist attack from the left on Sen. Tim Scott,” The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway commented on Twitter. “Apparently they want him to suffer for the crime of upstaging Biden via a highly effective speech.”
Twitter is choosing to trend a racist attack from the left on Sen. Tim Scott, the black Republican senator from South Carolina. pic.twitter.com/kpyPOHnuXJ
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 29, 2021
Twitter is still out here going out of its way to make racist attacks against GOP Sen. Tim Scott go viral. Apparently they want him to suffer for the crime of upstaging Biden via a highly effective speech. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/zwXYyowdIX
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 29, 2021
Scott’s speech was widely acclaimed by conservatives and he is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party.
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Conservatives had their own say on Twitter:
The fact that “Uncle Tim” is trending on Twitter tells you all you need to know about the left
— Javon Price 🇺🇸 (@realJavonPrice) April 29, 2021
This is a very, very, good speech — particularly given that responding to presidents in these situations is almost always a political crap sandwich.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) April 29, 2021
Can't remember the last GOP presidential hopeful who enhanced his reputation by delivering the SOTU response. But Tim Scott just did exactly that.
— Matthew Continetti (@continetti) April 29, 2021
If this trend was aimed at a Dem, every big media person would be blowing up Twitter for not doing something about it. Since it's aimed at a Republican, it's only people on the right highlighting it, those media ppl stay silent, & Twitter doesn't feel like they need to react. https://t.co/ZFv8eedVsM
— AG (@AGHamilton29) April 29, 2021
Sen. @votetimscott is an honorable man. He's fought for Black Americans his entire life. HBCU funding, Criminal Justice & Police Reform, School Choice & Opportunity Zones.
Bigotry should always be denounced. Biden & Democrats should denounce the disgusting use of "Uncle Tim”! pic.twitter.com/Lw01wgLYxX
— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) April 29, 2021
liberals: how dare Tim Scott say that “America isn’t a racist country”
also liberals: pic.twitter.com/uRcJjp9wEE
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) April 29, 2021