During his HBO show “Real Time” on Friday night, host Bill Maher called out both Republicans and Tim Scott (R-SC) after the GOP senator gave the rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech on Wednesday.
“Republicans picked their one black senator, Tim Scott, who gets a lot of work on TV. And he said, ‘America is not a racist country,'” Maher said. “And, within 24 hours, Biden agreed with that, Kamala Harris agreed with that.”
“I think it’s a silly paradigm to put — to begin with,” he added .”Because it’s not an either-or. … Tim Scott, by his own account, he said one time he was pulled over seven times in a year. He said he’s been followed shopping, he’s the one black Republican senator, okay, this is evidence of racism. So, plainly, we’re a recovering racist country or something. But yeah, I mean, both things are true.”
“I felt sorry for the man,” said his guest, author Nancy MacLean. “I mean, he comes from the party that put — worked with the tobacco industries to deny the harms of tobacco smoke, then is working with the — captured by the fossil fuel industry denying the climate.”
“So, he’s just the logical next step,” she added. “And they denied the insurrection. They denied that the election was won. But you’d think he’d kind of look around and say, how come they keep making me run point?”
“Right, I agree. But — And I think most — I mean, I don’t think Kamala and Biden are being disingenuous when they agree with that, we’re not a — because they’re thinking of the many millions and millions of people who are not, and they just don’t want to be told all the time, every day, come on, you think you’re not a racist? Dig a little deeper,” Maher replied.
This comes after Meghan McCain defended Scott on “The View” from the racist attacks that Democrats hurled on him.
“In response, he was trending on Twitter being called ‘Uncle Tom’ and ‘Uncle Tim,’ which many Americans consider a racial slur,” McCain said. “It’s okay to be racist and use racial slurs towards black men as long as they are Republicans. I’m disgusted by the response to him.”
“The way he is being talked about, the way he’s being disrespected, don’t talk to me about micro-aggressions with race in this country,” she said. “Don’t talk to me about the problems we have in this country with racism when it’s okay to speak and treat a black man this way who happens to be the most famous Republican black senator in the country. It’s okay to treat him that way.”
This piece was written by James Samson on May 1, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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