On Monday, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, who officially entered the Republican presidential primary race, responded to criticisms labeled as racially biased from ABC's "The View" panelists, arguing that actions are the most effective way to counter their unfounded claims.
Scott stands out as the first Black senator from the South elected since the Reconstruction era, and only the third in history. After the Civil War, two Black Republicans, Blanche Bruce and Hiram Revels, were elected to the U.S. Senate by Mississippi. In 2020, Raphael Warnock, a Democrat from Georgia, made history as the first Black Democratic senator elected in the South in this period.
During the progressive talk show, "The View," host Whoopi Goldberg hinted that Scott suffers from what she called "Clarence Thomas syndrome." Thomas, a conservative justice in the U.S. Supreme Court from the neighboring state of Georgia, has been consistently targeted by the left for not following what they consider to be the correct judicial stance corresponding to his racial identity.
Whoopi Goldberg's fellow presenter, Sunny Hostin, additionally suggested that one of Scott's "problems" lies in his conviction that, since he successfully rose from a poor Black family in the South, "everyone can make it."
In response to Hostin's assertion, Scott communicated to Fox News that she had misunderstood his narrative, stating that his story isn't "the exception, not the rule."
"Meekness is not weakness. I believe in the Gospel. I believe Matthew 5:44 says ‘Love your enemies' -- [but] if you break in my house, I also believe in the Second Amendment'," Scott told host Trey Gowdy, who is also a South Carolinian.
"We have to ignore the far left by disproving their lies by our actions. Here's the funny thing: The host, Sunny, she wants to be judged by the content of her character, not the color of her skin. The fact of the matter is America is a story of evolution – a never told story of evolution in too many of our schools that are indoctrinating our kids instead of educating our kids."
Scott asserted that his case is the norm rather than the outlier. He stressed that every American child passing through an underperforming public school system can attribute their inadequate education to the influence of left-wing teachers' unions.
"Every parent who wants a choice. Look to the Republican Party. Look to the GOP, but more importantly, look at Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans – the majority of Americans all agree on school choice," he said.
Scott suggested that "the radical left" is the primary obstacle to providing a robust education for children of all races.
Gowdy observed that Hostin appears to have similarly "made it," considering her past as a federal prosecutor and her current role on a national television talk show.
He further quipped that Scott must "terrify the left," given the multitude and variety of attacks the senator has faced in the brief period since his campaign began.
Gowdy also pointed out that some critics even found fault with Scott's campaign logo, which represents Scott's figure without including any facial features.
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