Sen. Scott's powerful response to the left's race baiters

  • 9 February 2017
  • NormanL
Sen. Scott's powerful response to the left's race baiters

Jeff Sessions won Senate confirmation as the next attorney general on Wednesday. But during the debate, South Carolina Republican Tim Scott spoke to his colleagues about some of the hate mail he had received because of his intention to vote for Sessions:

 Tim Scott, the lone black Republican senator, gave a passionate defense of Sen. Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, reading a series of tweets from critics that accused him of being a “House Negro” and a “disgrace to the black race” for supporting President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general.

The 30-minute speech, which prompted congratulatory statements by Republicans and Democrats, was a distillation of the backlash he has received for supporting Sessions, who has faced accusations of racism for more than 30 years.

“You are an Uncle Tom, Scott. You’re for Sessions. How does a black man turn on his own,” Scott said, reading criticisms of himself on social media. "Tim Scott ... doesn’t have a shred of honor. He’s a House Negro like the one in ‘Django.’”

He added, “I left out all the ones that used the ‘n-word.’ Just felt like that would not be appropriate.”

Scott said the blowback comes with the territory being a black conservative in the South. He said he’s grown used to being accused by liberals of not being “helpful to black America," despite his status as one of 10 African-Americans ever to serve in the Senate.

“I just wish that my friends who call themselves liberals would want tolerance for all Americans, including conservative Americans,” Scott said.

Kudos to Scott for standing strong in the face of such naked hatred. And for sharing it with his colleauges, some of whom needed to be shown the products of their incendiary rhetoric.

Not that it will change how Senate Democrats operate, or how they view Republicans in general.