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Senator Tim Scott says backlash he received for saying “America is not a racist country” is “saddening”

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Sen. Tim Scott is hitting back against responses from some Democrats to his rebuttal to President Biden’s first address — criticizing them for having “nothing to do with ending prejudice.”

Speaking to Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday evening, Sen. Scott (R-SC) described it as “saddening to see” the kind of backlash he faced as a black man for saying in his address to the nation that “America is not a racist country.” He states that “The left has lost their mind today. It’s really saddening to see. What the left is doing is fighting bigotry with bigotry, and they’ve exposed their hypocrisy and their true motivation.” He continued, noting that those incentives have “nothing to do with ending prejudice.” 

‘Uncle Tim’ was trending on Twitter with over 5000 tweets.   This is a reference to “Uncle Tom”, a term which describes a black person who is attentive or obedient to white people.

“Uncle Tim” was trending for 12 hours before Twitter took action. Reached for comment, Twitter said the term was eventually taken down for violating the company’s policies. “We are blocking the phrase you referenced from appearing in Trends,” a Twitter spokesman told The Washington Post. Sen. Scott, whose name has been thrown around as a 2024 presidential contender, called it “really disheartening to see the left’s response and frankly, even Twitter’s response to racism and racial slurs.”

“If it comes from the left it must be okay, according to Twitter’s response 12 hours later,” he went onto say. Former Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard spoke out on Twitter in defence of Tim Scott. “The personal attacks against Senator Tim Scott were despicable. We need to discuss and debate issues fairly and with respect.  This is the spirit of aloha.”

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ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE SUN

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