Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) on Thursday morning called out the radical left for responding to his rebuttal to President Biden’s address to Congress with an “Uncle Tim” slur and for showing just how committed they have become to racialized politics.
“It has been an amazing morning with so many good people calling,” Scott said during a segment on Fox News. “But the left is — they have doubled down that they are going to not attack my policies but they are literally attacking the color of my skin. You cannot step out of your lane according to the liberal elite left.”
“Race is not a political weapon to settle every issue the way one side wants,” Scott said during his speech. His words further incensed Democrats, leftists, and the media and Twitter reflected that.
Scott addressed the “Uncle Tim” trend on Twitter that started Wednesday night and continued into Thursday, calling it “upsetting” and “so disappointing.” On Thursday morning, Twitter finally blocked the trending slur but not until it had been going for 11 hours after Scott’s rebuttal. When Fox News asked Twitter why it took so long to block the hateful content, Twitter reportedly declined to respond.
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“What they want for us is for us to stay in a small corner and not go against the tide that they think is America,” Scott noted. “Their America and my America are not the same if they think that discriminating is the fastest way to end discrimination.”
On Wednesday night, Scott accused Democrats of “pulling us further and further apart” as a nation by weaponizing race. “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” he declared.
“100 years ago, kids in classrooms were taught the color of their skin was their most important characteristic, and if they looked a certain way, they were inferior,” Scott recalled. “Today, kids are being taught that the color of their skin defines them again and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor.”
Scott posited that the slur “Uncle Tim” trending on Twitter highlights how the left has “doubled down on this concept of liberal oppression.”
“Well, I’ll just say that the response to my speech last night from the left was for me to mention that intolerance so often comes from the left with words like Uncle Tim and the N-word being used against me by the left. And last night what was trending in social media was Uncle Tim,’ he noted. “It is stunning in 2021 that those who speak about ending discrimination want to end it by more discrimination.”
Democrats and celebrities were quick to respond to Scott’s rebuttal.
“No. I don’t think America is a racist country but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today,” Vice President Kamala Harris said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“I applaud the President for always having the ability and the courage, frankly, to speak the truth about it.” She went on to claim domestic terrorism manifested by white supremacists is “one of the greatest threats to our national security.”
“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin went on the attack against Scott on Thursday’s show: “I was disappointed that he said America is not a racist country without also talking about the systemic racism that is plaguing this country,” Hostin stated. “I mean, why was he chosen to give this rebuttal? He was chosen because he is the only black Republican senator. He is that person. He is the person that Republicans want to put out front because of the problem of racism in this country, and he knows that.”
“And so I was sort of disappointed that he was used in that way and didn’t take that opportunity to address this type of issue head-on,” she complained. “That was a disappointment to me.”
Co-host Meghan McCain took extreme issue with Hostin’s premise: “So it’s OK to be racist and use racial slurs towards black men as long as they are Republicans,” she angrily said. “I’m disgusted by the response to him. Hit him on policy if you have policy problems with him, but the way he is being talked about, the way he is being disrespected — don’t talk to me about microaggressions with race in this country, don’t talk to me about the problems we have in this country with racism when it’s OK to speak and treat a Black man this way, who happens to be the most famous Republican Black senator in the country.”
Commentator Keith Olbermann went even further than Hostin. He tweeted: “Sen. Scott insisting America is not racist but our healing from racism isn’t finished and he’s been called racist names.” Then he added: “Incidentally, Senator, anybody calls you the N-word is a friend of Trump’s. We progressives refer to you as a victim of Stockholm Syndrome.”
Following the attacks on Scott, conservatives spoke up on Twitter. David Marcus, New York correspondent for The Federalist, tweeted in response to Olbermann: “Is there anything white progressives enjoy more than telling black people how to think?”
“The Voice of Black America: Keith Olbermann,” stated Jim Treacher from PJ Media. “White liberals telling black people what to do is #nevernotfunny.”
Former New York Republican congresswoman Nan Hayworth also slammed Olbermann: “Senator Scott no doubt thanks you for the whitesplaining, Mr. Olbermann. Your experience as a racist is indeed enlightening.”
Others chimed in as well:
So, you’re a jerk and a racist, Keith. I’m not surprised.
— Jacob Airey (@realJacobAirey) April 29, 2021
There is nothing more racist than thinking all black people have to think a certain way. Diversity of thought transcends skin color.
— Justin Brooks (@JustinBrooks909) April 29, 2021
Yet your party has “Uncle Tim” trending on twitter. Maybe Democrats should be more self aware of their own bigotry.
— joel roussin (@kikjuicer9) April 29, 2021
You can’t stand it when a black man doesn’t follow the “orders” of your party. That’s the reason you dislike Tim Scott.
And shocking to you I know, but some of us still love this country and see the good in it. 🇺🇸
— Mr. Common Sense (@FactCheckYo) April 29, 2021
Keith thinks blacks are too stupid to independently develop conservative ideals and those who claim them are actually hostages of white supremecists who had a meeting and elected them b/c of racism. This is Keith definitely not being a racist.
— TotalYatMove (@TucksOnFreret) April 29, 2021
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