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Republican Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) addressed Sunday the liberal backlash surrounding his declaration that America is “not a racist country,” which resulted in Scott being targeted with racist condemnation.
What is the background?
After Scott absolved America of being inherently racist, liberals called Scott “Uncle Tim,” MSNBC host Tiffany Cross suggested that Scott is a slave of the Republican Party and claimed Harriet Tubman would have “left [Scott] behind],” and a Democratic leader in Texas called Scott an “Oreo.”
Democratic leaders — including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) — made the same declaration about America last week, but they were not subjected to the same racist attacks as Scott.
How did Scott respond?
Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Scott denounced the attacks against him — and their posture on this issue more broadly — as “bigotry” and “hypocrisy.”
“Fighting bigotry with bigotry is hypocrisy,” Scott said.
The Republican senator was explaining that Americans should be exploring how to address the “lingering effect” of slavery, Jim Crow, racism, and discrimination, rather than debating whether America is inherently racist.
“Let me say, thank goodness that finally our president, our vice president and one of the leaders in the Democratic caucus in the House, Jim Clyburn, have all come forward and said exactly what I’ve been saying for a long time. America is not a racist country,” Scott said.