My VIP for this week is Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Scott address Americans last Wednesday night in response to the address of President Joe Biden to a joint session of Congress. Scott presented a candid evaluation of the problems in our nation as well as reasonable resolutions for them.
David Harsanyi from the National Review called Scott’s response “competent” compared to “mendacious” for Biden’s speech. Leftists went crazy about Scott’s response – “contrived, hyperbolic outrage and derision” from the “liberal talking heads.”
There was one statement from Scott that caused more outrage than any other in his response. He declared that “America is not a racist country.” Scott was mocked because he dared to claim that the nation is not racist, even though “he had personally experienced bigotry.”
Leftists claimed that America is racist, and they tried to prove it with “Uncle Tim” trending on Twitter. “The left’s demeaning of any African American who strays from leftist orthodoxy is one of the ugliest acceptable smears in our political discourse.” Harsanyi continued:
Scott’s two claims are wholly compatible. Bad actors and ugly ideas exist among people of all nations, and always will. And yet that does not necessarily mean the nation itself is fundamentally, legally, culturally, or systemically racist.
We can always do better, but by the world’s standards, the United States is likely the least racist place.
Indeed, Scott never alleged that racism was nonexistent in America. To do so would have been absurd. Scott, in fact, wrote a police reform bill that Senate Democrats such as Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, and Dick Durbin had shut down using the filibuster, which they now call a “relic of Jim Crow.”
Left-wing media was quick to mock Scott’s statement. Van Jones, CNN Political analyst, called Scott’s message “nonsense. He also said that Scott “had lost African Americans ‘by the tens of millions’ by denying what everyone knew was true about the United States. However, Vice President Kamala Harris answered questions by ABC News by saying, “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.”
Scott and Harris said the same thing, but their statements are treated completely different. This shows that there are “flagrant double standards in politics.”
Scott is an intelligent, articulate Senator who is doing his job in the Senate. The leftists hate him because he is a conservative Black man who escaped from the Democrat “plantation.”