July 31, 2021

The Ugly Reaction to Tim Scott’s Speech Is Telling

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott gave a competent Republican response to Joe Biden’s mendacious speech to congress this week. Considering the failed history of the opposition responses, being competent is no easy accomplishment. And boy, the contrived, hyperbolic outrage and derision we saw from liberal talking heads was something to behold.

Some of it was just farcical. Take MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who argued that Scott’s speech, in which the senator dared praise the Trump administration for its work on vaccines, was “delivered from a planet where facts don’t matter.” It’s almost perfunctory at this point to make such claims, whether there is evidence or not. Operation Warp Speed, Wallace argued, “didn’t do anything to get a needle in the arms, so a lot of disinformation.”

Well, the effort did help boost the lifesaving innovation that flows through those needles — not to mention, it also led to a million doses being dispensed daily by the time Joe Biden got his own shot.

But Scott’s most controversial statement, allegedly, was to contend that, “America is not a racist country.” All the usual suspects took to social media to mock the senator for simultaneously contending that the nation wasn’t racist and pointing out that he had personally experienced bigotry. Of course, America is a racist nation, they wailed, before getting “Uncle Tim” trending on Twitter to try and prove it. The left’s demeaning of any African American who strays from leftist orthodoxy is one of the ugliest acceptable smears in our political discourse.

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 Democrats such as Harris, Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin had shut down using the filibuster, which they now call a “relic of Jim Crow.”

In any event, at CNN, political analyst Van Jones maintained that Scott’s message “was nonsense” and that the senator had lost African Americans “by the tens of millions” by denying what everyone knew was true about the United States. This was the tone across left-wing media.

Yet, the very next morning, when asked by ABC News about Scott’s comments, Vice President Kamala Harris said: “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.”

It’s one thing to see flagrant double standards in politics, and another thing to hear two people say the same thing within 24 hours and be treated completely differently. Is Harris spinning “nonsense” as well? Is Harris losing “tens of millions” of black voters for saying the obvious? If not, why not? Or are liberals simply trying to smear Scott as a quisling because they’re worried about his appeal? (That last question is rhetorical.)

David Harsanyi is a senior writer at National Review and the author of the book “First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History With the Gun.” To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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  2. The Democrats are the people of KKK and now trying to lie their way out of it but we know the truth and they are all liars

  3. I find it absolutely Hilarious that the Intolerant left, should Attack Tim Scott…. Not The attacks Themselves they are Atrocious, but whom the attackers are, The Intolerant, Riotous, Liberal Left…. Tim Scott Seems to be a good man with the Interests of his Constituents And the nation at heart…. whereas the left and Riotous Democrats in General have a singular purpose To destroy America, and breed discontent, destruction and disharmony

  4. I agree, that there is considerable amount of RACISM in the USA, AND IT IS ALL COMING FROM THE FAKE MEDIA AND THIS ADMINISTRATION, PERIOD!! THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE ARE THE MOST RACIST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER KNOWN, & THAT IS WHY THEY ARE LETTING ALL THESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INTO THE US SO THEY CAN GET THEIR VOTES!!! NOT SO THEY CAN HELP THEM!! THEY’RE SO PHONEY & THEY ARE TRYING TO ACT LIKE HUMANITARIANS!!! GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

  5. It is the democrats that are the racists. There is no question of this. They attempted to cancel Hershel Walker because they could not respond to his common sense questions regarding “Reparations”. He said that why spend money on a feasibility study when you must first answer some basic questions like who gets the money, who pays it, etc. They couldn’t answer those easy questions so cancelled him. The reason? He is black. Of course the Republicans would get him to ask those questions. Cancelled because of skin color, RACISTS! Calling Tim Scott, a man who is doing his damnedest to serve his people and state to the best of his considerable ability, Uncle Tim??!?? RACISTS! He said that we are American and America is NOT a racist nation and he is correct. That is changing with the demokrauts in power and will continue to do so. Tim Scott spoke truly when he said that you cannot combat racism with other racism.

    1. And that Maxine Waters character is out of her nut, stop showing where she lives, I just want her to stay there and shut up!

  6. Nicole Wallace now has her official racist credentials .she earned them. btw? was the infamous racist Alabama governor George Wallace her daddy .(”come on give it to me daddy”)

  7. Yes there is a double standard in this country. If you don’t believe me look and listen to the democrats. One recent great example of this can be proven easily enough. Maxine Waters called for a confrontation if they didn’t get the verdict the wanted in the Chauvin case. And the democrats Pelosi included wouldn’t do nothing about her inciting riots and it’s not the first time either. Now if that were Trump or any republican they would have raked him/her over the coals and they would have been impeaching him faster than you or I could blink.

  8. The Left will always want its way look at Pelosi, Waters , Schumer , AOC, Schiff They always side with the dem.

  9. Reaction to Scott shows Racism & Leftists are real Mental diseases for sure
    Need to take LSD more to “clear mind”

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