In a televised response to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) asserted that contrary to what liberal leaders would have citizens believe, America is not a racist country, and in what comes as something of a surprise twist, Vice President Kamala Harris publicly admitted that she agreed with the statement.
Tapped by the GOP to deliver a rebuttal to Biden’s address, Scott – the only Black Republican serving in the Senate – blasted Democrats for continuing to use issues of race “as a political weapon,” a contention that drew swift criticism and nasty insults from the left. CNN’s Van Jones, for example, argued that because of those remarks, Scott lost Black voters “by the tens of millions.”
However, according to USA Today, during a televised interview Thursday on ABC, Vice President Harris told morning host George Stephanopoulous, “I don’t think America is a racist country,” essentially agreeing with Scott, though she added, “we also do have to speak the truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.”
Harris was not alone in her apparent concurrence with the basic sentiment expressed by Scott, as Biden himself made similar remarks in a sit-down with NBC’s Today, excerpts of which aired on the network’s Nightly News program on Thursday. When asked if the United States is a racist country, the president responded, “No, I don’t think the American people are racist.”
Biden attempted to elaborate on his position, stating, “I don’t think America’s racist, but I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow, and before that slavery, have had a cost, and we have to deal with it.”
Given the mainstream media and Democrat Party narratives over the past year that America is a land filled with irredeemable racists due for a harsh reckoning, these admissions on the part of the president and vice president are surprising, indeed. The incessant invocation on the left of the “systemic racism” that supposedly pervades every facet of American life appears to stand in contrast to what Biden and Harris have just claimed to believe.
If any evidence of latent racist tendencies among those in positions of power were highlighted this week, they came primarily from liberal commentators who took the opportunity to launch incendiary, bigoted attacks on Scott in the aftermath of his speech.
Social justice activist Tariq Nasheed was particularly egregious in his approach, using a notorious racial slur and asserting, “A major strategy of racists, is to incentivize one of it’s [sic] Black victims to act as the crash test dummy for white supremacy. When Uncle Tim Scott says America is not a racist country, he is fully aware he is speaking in bad faith. The purpose is to protect white supremacists,” as the New York Post noted.
The “Uncle Tim” insult quickly caught fire among the progressive Twitterverse, and the social media platform permitted it to trend for 12 hours before taking action, sadly demonstrating that perhaps certain members of the American political and media classes are indeed quite racist – just not the ones we are usually told by our so-called leaders to suspect.