Tim Scott is making an entire career out of ignoring racism. The U.S. senator from South Carolina’s latest stunt was showing support for a judge who has written some damning racist and homophobic comments in the past.
Kenneth Lee is Donald Trump’s nominee for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1993, he wrote in an article, “Cries of racism often stem from isolated incidents or from unreliable studies based on statistical chicanery.” He also argued, “charges of sexism often amount to nothing but irrelevant pouting.”
Lee is Asian.
Lee also had some harsh words for the LGBTQ community in 1994, which was at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis.
“Homosexuals are generally more promiscuous than heterosexuals. … To avoid AIDS, one has to only abstain from drug use and promiscuity,” he said at the time. “So simple, yet so hard to grasp.”
In another article, where the date wasn’t revealed but he was an undergrad student at Cornell University, Lee defended The Cornell Review for publishing a parody of Ebonics.
“If the Oakland School Board provides politically correct, feel-good nonsense to poor urban blacks, Cornell University does the same for middle-class and affluent blacks,” Lee wrote before continuing: “The university has justly garnered a notorious reputation for championing racial group-think and multicultural dogma.”
Lee also defended a professor accused of sexual harassment, implying the accusers misconstrued “kindly acts,” according to Politico.
Lee’s writings didn’t matter to Scott.
“The research we’ve done leads me to a very simple conclusion: That he is a person of good conscience and that, even in his controversial writings and college, did what most people have not done, which is acknowledge both sides of the coin,” Scott said while explaining his support for Lee.
Scott’s endorsement basically guarantees Lee will be confirmed despite outcry from Democratic Senators like Kamala Harris.
This is not shocking for Scott, who in the Wall Street Journal last month 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.”
Back in March of 2018, he pleaded ignorance in an interview with Politico about Trump being racist.
“Is he racially insensitive? Yes. But is he a racist? No,” Scott said a year ago.
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.”
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.
“The 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, covers all or part of nine western states and represents nearly 20 percent of the American population,” NBC News reported. It also has a history of ruling on politically charged cases.