Tim Scott responds to ‘stunning’ assault from the left: ‘They’re literally attacking the color of my skin’

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., responded Thursday to what he called the left’s “stunning” personal assault against him following his rebuttal to President Biden’s address to Congress. 

Scott told “Fox & Friends” it was shocking to hear intolerance coming from those who say they want to end discrimination, and that those attacking him were doubling down on the concept of liberal oppression. 

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“Intolerance so often comes from the left with words like ‘Uncle Tim’ and the ‘n-word’ being used against me,” Scott said. “And last night what was trending in social media was ‘Uncle Tim,’ and they doubled down on this concept of liberal oppression. It is stunning in 2021 that those who speak about ending discrimination want to end it by more discrimination.”

“The left has doubled down that they are going to, not attack my policies, but they’re literally attacking the color of my skin,” he added.

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Scott said it was disappointing that the perpetrators of the trending words against him on social media want to live their lives how they want, but don’t want the same thing for conservatives, instead opting for them to be confined to a corner.

“Their America and my America aren’t the same America, if in fact they think that discriminating is the fastest way to end discrimination,” Scott said. 

“Racism and discrimination: it’s still real, but it is being pushed further and further into a smaller corner in our nation. That’s great news that we should celebrate,” he added. “If you want to be an American, the door is wide open, the front door by the way, is wide open to come in and add value to who we are, not be part of destructive conversations that belittle individuals.”

Later in the interview, Scott responded to an attempt by Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler to find falsehoods in the story of his family history. Kessler wrote in a piece published Apr. 23 that he sought to fill gaps in Scott’s claims about his family history, but ultimately concluded the paper wouldn’t give Scott any “Pinnochios.” 

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“He, for some reason, thought that an African-American man born in 1921 would never have picked cotton, that the fact that his grandfather owned land meant that we were privileged. Why my mother grew up on the projects, in public housing, with all that privilege, I have no idea,” Scott said. “But here’s what he was really trying to do: He was trying to discredit my story. He was trying to discredit my grandfather, and my mother, and myself for one reason: because it doesn’t fit the narrative that in America, it’s impossible for people who look like me to rise to this position.”

Scott added during the interview that he will meet with George Floyd’s family this week as he seeks to pass police reform. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of Floyd’s murder last week, in a story that drew attention to police brutality and race issues.

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“Listen to what the family wants to talk about, listen to the proposals, the suggestions that reinforces common sense and finally go back to the drawing board taking all that information to heart,” Scott said.

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