MSNBC host Tiffany Cross kept up her network’s harsh criticism of Sen. Tim Scott on Saturday in response to his rebuttal of President Joe Biden’s first joint congressional address earlier in the week with a race-laced tirade that focused on him personally, not the policies he espouses.
As she began a segment, Cross played a clip featuring writer and left-wing pundit Michael Harriot, in which he rhetorically asks anyone to name a “political social or economic institution” in the U.S. that isn’t racist, responding, “Such a great question from my friend, The Root’s Michael Harriot. And I actually have an answer: The hollow institution that resides inside Republican Senator Tim Scott’s head. No racism there. And apparently, no sense either.”
Cross went on to call the South Carolina Republican a “stone fool” for insisting that America is not a systemically racist country before attacking black conservative supporters as “slow-witted.”
“Okay let’s be clear. Tim Scott does not represent any constituency other than the small number of sleepy slow-witted sufferers of Stockholm Syndrome who get elevated to prominence for repeating a false narrative about this country that makes conservative white people feel comfortable,” she said.
“Because when you speak uncomfortable truths, like Nikole Hannah Jones, the party that Scott claims is not racist gets big mad and tries to silence you,” Cross continued referencing the author and developer of controversial “The 1619 Project,” which has been cited as inaccurate by several academics for its false assertion, among others, that American colonists fought the Revolutionary War primarily to preserve slavery.
Cross went on to say that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pressed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to stop teaching the project in public schools because of its inaccuracies and portrayal of whites as inherently racist before tying that request back to Scott, who she said is a “tap dancer” for the Senate GOP leader.
“Lucky for McConnell, he has his own tap dancer to try and reorient the view of America for him,” said Cross, adding: “There were so many contradictions in the senator’s speech that it was clear not even Scott believed the words he was speaking. I could go into great detail refuting each of his asinine points, but he did that for me.
“And moreover, a lesson I’ve learned: Don’t argue with people Harriet Tubman would have left behind,” she continued, referencing the Civil War icon who ran the “Underground Railroad” and helped slaves escape from captivity in the South.
Cross went on to admit that Scott has authored police reform and anti-lynching legislation but said he only did that to appease white people.
“So thirsty for white approval, this dude actually stood on the national stage to defend the voter suppression law in Georgia even though, as of last month, 361 bills were being introduced in 47 states to keep people who look like him out of the ballot box,” she said.
“The ability to shame the ancestors and appease the oppressors in one speech, that’s extreme,” she continued. “Though not quite like the domestic violent extremism that the Department of Homeland security is investigating within its own ranks, mind you.
“But please senator, say more about how unracist the country is while you trot out that tired line about going from cotton to Congress to clown,” Cross added, making reference to Scott’s oft-told story about how, in a single generation, his family raised itself up from poverty to success, to which he credits opportunities afforded them in America.
Cross’s hard criticisms come on the heels of similar race-tinged statements and claims made earlier in the week by MSNBC hosts and guests.
On Thursday, a panel alternately characterized Scott as a “poster boy” who “sold out” blacks while he is “carrying the water” for the GOP.
“I mean, let’s be clear, looking at Tim Scott’s response, we know that he’s carrying the water, not just for the Republican Party and his two other black colleagues, but he did so under the Trump administration, and that’s where the lack of respect comes from,” said Fordham University political science professor Cristina Greer, in explaining why she understood how “#UncleTim” started trending on Twitter.
Another panel guest, Columbia Journalism School Prof. Jelani Cobb, suggested that Scott has no idea what racism actually is, though he has said he has been a victim of it.
“Yes, this is a racist country. When we look at the institutional outcomes, every single major institution that we have has a racial disparity in what the outcomes are, in what the relationships are. If that doesn’t qualify you as a racist country, you don’t know what racism is,” she said.
During interviews last week, Scott said the biggest racial pushback he received from his rebuttal speech came from liberals.
“…[T]he 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,” he told Fox News.
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