The Republican Party selected Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) to deliver the rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.
In response, the Black lawmaker was hit with vicious attacks on social media, including racial slurs and other vile insults, Fox News reported.
Scott responded to the backlash the following day, decrying the attacks as “upsetting” and “disappointing.”
“To dishonestly shut down debates”
Ironically, progressive critics lashed out at the senator after his optimistic assertion that America is “not a racist country.”
During his speech, Scott attempted to highlight what is right about the United States, asserting that it is “backward to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination” and “wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”
Almost immediately, leftist Twitter users pounced on his comments, as evidenced by the trending status of the term “Uncle Tim,” an adaptation of the derogatory term “Uncle Tom,” which was derived from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
In a Fox News Channel appearance on Thursday morning, he addressed the issue, declaring that such bigotry “so often comes from the left” and is directed at Black conservatives like him.
“Doesn’t fit the narrative”
“And last night what was trending in social media was ‘Uncle Tim,’ and they doubled down on this concept of liberal oppression,” he said. “It is stunning in 2021 that those who speak about ending discrimination ant to end it by more discrimination.”
Not only do his critics attack his political positions and policies, but Scott also noted that they are “attacking” him for the color of his skin.
“You cannot step out of your lane according to the liberal elite left,” he said.
Asked how the social media backlash made him feel, Scott stated: “Well, you know, it was upsetting certainly, but it was so disappointing that those people who want to be respected and given the opportunity to live their lives any way they want to, they don’t want the same thing for you and me.”
Later in the same interview, Scott addressed a “fact-check” regarding his family’s rise to success from poverty, insisting that Washington Post writer Glenn Kessler was “trying to discredit” his story “doesn’t fit the narrative that in America, it’s impossible for people who look like [him] to rise to this position.”