WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) walks through the U.S. Capitol before he delivers the Republican response to President Biden’s address to congress April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UPDATED 11:15 AM PT – Friday, April 30, 2021
When Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) claimed America was not a racist country, several figures on the left did their best to prove him wrong. Scott delivered the GOP response to Joe Biden’s congressional address Wednesday and said lawmakers need to find common ground.
He also touched on Republican-led efforts Democrats have claimed are hurting the nation. However, no comment drew a harsher response than Scott’s claim that America is not a racist country.
In his speech, Scott acknowledged the country has healing to do, but said the country is not racist, adding, it’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. He even acknowledged the intolerance he sees from across the aisle.
“I’ve also experienced a different kind of intolerance,” Sen. Scott stated. “I get called Uncle Tom and the N-word by progressives! By liberals! Just last week, a national newspaper suggested my family’s poverty was actually privilege.”
In an echo of that very comment, liberal figures quickly jumped on Scott’s comment as he was accused of not knowing the difference between “racism” and “systemic racism.” Shortly after his speech, the phrase “Uncle Tim” began trending on Twitter where it lasted until Thursday morning.
Lawmakers even questioned if the term violated Twitter’s own policies, accusing the platform of hypocrisy.
One opinion piece even went as far as calling Scott the “black whisperer for white supremacy.” One host of the left-leaning program, The View, suggested Scott was used to provide the rebuttal solely because of his skin color.
“I mean, why was he chosen to give this rebuttal?” Sunny Hostin, co-host of The View, questioned. “He was chosen because he is the only black Republican senator. He’s the person who Republicans want to put out in front because of the problem of racism in this country, and he knows that. So I was sort of disappointed that he was used in this way.”
In a surprising move, Vice President Kamala Harris agreed with Scott’s claim that America is not racist, but it does have a history it must contend with.
“Well first of all, no, I don’t think America is a racist country,” Harris said. “But we also do have to speak the truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.”
Harris added, she was disappointed in Scott’s rebuttal and claimed domestic terrorism originating from white supremacists is “one of the greatest threats to our national security.”
Scott’s critics even dismissed his bipartisan work on police reform, saying he’s not a “serious player” and calling Republicans “bad-faith actors.”