Tim Scott has accused the left of ‘hypocrisy’ following their attacks on his Wednesday night rebuttal of Joe Biden’s speech to Congress, saying the slurs left him saddened, but more convinced than ever that he was right to be a Republican.
The South Carolina senator was pilloried on Wednesday night and Thursday for delivering the traditional rebuttal to the president’s remarks.
Scott, the only black Republican senator, was mocked on Twitter as ‘Uncle Tim’, a play on the ‘Uncle Tom’ racial slur, used to describe black people who were too deferential to whites.
Twitter took 12 hours to remove the term from its trending list, and on on Thursday night Scott asked where the left-wing outrage was at the racial slur.
‘It is really saddening to see that what the left is doing is fighting bigotry with bigotry,’ Scott told Sean Hannity on Fox News.
Tim Scott, senator for South Carolina, appeared on Hannity’s show on Thursday night
The South Carolina senator addressed the response to his rebuttal to Biden’s Congress speech
‘They have expose their hypocrisy and their true motivation,’ he said.
‘It has nothing to do with ending prejudice. It has everything to do with claiming or getting more power.
‘I have never seen such power grab and using people in such a despicable way.’
Speaking directly after Biden’s maiden address to Congress, Scott gave his party and its former leader, ex-President Donald Trump, credit for the COVID response – saying Biden had ‘inherited a tide that had already turned’ – while blasting Democrats for prolonged closures of schools and churches.
Scott also defended the GOP-backed Georgia voting bill, blasting Democrats for lying about the controversial legislation and labeling it ‘mainstream.’
The South Carolina Republican started out his remarks, delivered elsewhere in the U.S. Capitol, by saying Biden ‘seems like a good man,’ and adding that his ‘speech was full of good words.’
‘But President Biden promised you a specific kind of leadership. He promised to unite a nation.
‘To lower the temperature. To govern for all Americans, no matter how we voted. That was the pitch. You just heard it again,’ Scott said. ‘But our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes.’
Scott blasted Biden and the Democrats for ‘pulling us further apart.’
Biden, pictured on Thursday in Georgia marking his 100th day in office, would soon face a backlash, Scott warned, with people saying ‘you won’t tell me what to think’
‘Uncle Tom’ is derived from an 1852 novel: It’s become an offensive racial caricature
The term Uncle Tom is derived from the lead character of white abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Uncle Tom is a gentle character, a smiling, wide-eyed servant who offered no resistance to the horrors of slavery.
Described as the most enduring fictional slave, he later became ‘synonymous with servility and self-hatred’, according to a 2008 NPR documentary Why African-Americans Loathe ‘Uncle Tom’.
According to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, the Tom caricature ‘is often old, physically weak, psychologically dependent on whites for approval’.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin sold over two million copies within two years of its publication.
Scott, who is facing re-election in 2022, said that it was a depressing spectacle.
‘It is really disheartening to see the left response, and frankly even Twitter’s response to racism and racial slurs.
‘If it comes from the left, and must be okay according to Twitter’s response 12 hours later.’
Scott said he was confident there would soon be a ‘backlash’ to the ‘paternalism’ of the left.
‘What we are seeing happen is this response from good intentioned people who happen to be black, who happen to be Hispanic, who happened to be white, who happen to be Asian, rising up and saying you won’t tell me what to think.
‘I’m going to decide that for myself.
‘There is a coming backlash to this liberal oppression that is becoming front and center.’
Scott, 55, earlier told a different Fox show, Fox & Friends, that he was frequently attacked by liberals for his skin color.
‘Intolerance so often comes from the left with words like ‘Uncle Tim’ and the ‘n-word’ being used against me,’ Scott said.
‘And last night what was trending in social media was ‘Uncle Tim,’ and they doubled down on this concept of liberal oppression.
‘It is stunning in 2021 that those who speak about ending discrimination want to end it by more discrimination.
‘The left has doubled down that they are going to, not attack my policies, but they’re literally attacking the color of my skin.’