Sen. Tim Scott is giving himself a pat on the back because he claims to call out racism in his own party. However, in a new interview, he refused to call out the bigotry from the racist in chief, Donald Trump.
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“I’ve been in public life for 25 years almost, and I’ve been reluctant for about 22 of those 25 years. Scott is 53 year old Black man who represents the state of South Carolina — how strange for a Black, elected official to be ‘reluctant’ to talk about race for 22 years,” he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Tuesday.
Scott then claimed Trayvon Martin was his wake up call.
“Trayvon Martin and other issues just kept populating the public forum, and at some point, I decided that I was doing the nation a disservice by not speaking out clearly when necessary,” he said.
Scott also pulled an “all lives matter” and said, “I am not ‘the Black senator.’ I am not ‘the Black Republican.’ I am a United States senator with the responsibilities of every other senator, and in addition to that, I have the unusual position of being the only conservative African-American in the Senate.”
It’s not that unusual. Most African-Americans would not want to be in a party of racists and that is 90 percent white and male. Nonetheless, if Scott truly believes he speaks out on racism then he would need to speak out on his president.
Back in March, he said about Trump in an interview with Politico, “I am not unaware of the president’s past,’ he tells me. A long pause. ‘Do you think he’s a racist?’ I ask. Scott shakes his head. ‘I don’t. I don’t,’ he replies. ‘Is he racially insensitive? Yes. But is he a racist? No.'” He stressed the same delusion to the Wall Street Journal by saying, “I think he’s had some racial insensitivities. The progress we’ve made, I think, is more important than the rhetoric.” If you considering rolling back Obama-era prison reforms, tearing apart children at the border, or a tax break that allowed General Motors to lay off 14,000 people — then that is “progress.”
Moreover, how is a 53-year-old man who attended Charleston Southern University and has been in government since 1995 not be aware of his president’s history?
In case you forgot, here are Trump’s greatest hits of racism: housing discrimination lawsuits from the 1970s, the racist birther movement against Obama, the Muslim travel ban, the Central Park Five (Trump called for the execution of five Black teenagers with a full page ad in the New York Times in 1989), saying a judge could not do his job because he is Mexican, and constantly attacking Black public figures (Jay Z, Maxine Waters, Jemele Hill, Colin Kaepernick, etc.), but ignoring people like Eminem… just to name a few.
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