Senator Tim Scott opened himself up to a dragging when he got on national television and declared the United States was not racist during his rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress.
The daft Republican lawmaker from South Carolina made the controversial comment on Wednesday while giving the official Republican rebuttal to Biden’s spiel, reported The New York Times.
“America is not a racist country,” he said, with his whole chest. “It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”
He later complained about experiencing “the pain of discrimination.”
“I know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason,” he added. “To be followed around a store while I’m shopping.”
Scott also shucked and jived about liberals and progressives calling him an “Uncle Tom” and using the n-word toward him.
This commentary did not go over well on Twitter.
Everytime I hear #TimScott’s speech I get a PVC run in my chest! I just can’t believe any black man could say the things he said. I just…
— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) April 30, 2021
“Saying America is not a racist country is not a ‘disagreement’ or ‘difference of opinion.’ It’s gaslighting in its most wicked form,” wrote Bishop Talbert Swan. ” It’s racist trivialization of lived experiences of Black people. When said by Black people like Uncle Tim Scott, it’s sycophantic bootlicking.”
Saying America is not a racist country is not a ‘disagreement’ or ‘difference of opinion.’
It’s gaslighting in its most wicked form.
It’s racist trivialization of lived experiences of Black people.
When said by Black people like Uncle Tim Scott, it’s sycophantic boot licking.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) April 29, 2021
#UncleTim Scott said America is not a racist society and that this is just a porch swing.
— Little Italy Fotografia (@LittleItalyPic) April 29, 2021
The backlash was so strong, “Uncle Tim” started trending on Twitter, and the blue app overlords had to step in. A Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek the term had been blocked from the website.
“This is in line with our policies on Trends, specifically: ‘We want Trends to promote healthy conversations on Twitter,” the spokesperson said. “This means that at times we may not allow or may temporarily prevent content from appearing in Trends until more context is available. This includes Trends that violate The Twitter Rules.'”
“We have all seen the knee of injustice on the neck of Black Americans. Now is our opportunity to make some real progress,” he stated.
He expressed a hope for police reform in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the conviction of the police officer who murdered him.
“The vast majority, men and women wearing the uniform and a badge, serve our communities, and they serve them honorably,” Biden continued.
“I know them, I know they want — I know they want to help meet this moment as well. My fellow Americans, we have to come together to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve, to root out systematic racism in our criminal justice system and enact police reform in George Floyd’s name that passed the House already.”