Republican US Senator Tim Scott lashed out at MSNBC host Joy Reid after she claimed he voted against confirming Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson solely because of influence from white lawmakers.
“All accuracy here. Not surprised by anything @SenatorTimScott does. He allowed @LindseyGrahamSC and the sheriffs to dog him and destroy police reform after pretending to work on it and now he will join Lindsey’s dog racism barking against Judge Jackson because: he’s Tim Scott,” Ms. Reed said Tuesday about Mr. Scott.
“Lindsey said it himself: it’s okay to be black and have ambitions to rise in Lindsey’s South Carolina, as long as you’re conservative enough—that is, as long as you do and think what Lindsey and his clan tell you.” she continued sharing a 2020 Guardian Story about comments he made during a televised campaign rally.
Two days later, during an appearance, Mr Scott responded to Ms Reid’s comments fox & friends.
“What’s so offensive about what Joy says is that a black man can’t think for himself,” Mr Scott said. “I have to follow someone else. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. But it reinforces the liberal elites’ approach to minorities who don’t fall in line and do as they tell us.”
He continued that line, shifting his response to Ms. Reid into a broad condemnation of the Liberals and their treatment of black voters.
“There are millions of Americans who happen to be black who want to think for themselves, who will think for themselves. But the power of the liberal elite wants to attack us like vicious dogs because they don’t want anyone to stand up to them, they are doing and leading our country in the wrong direction. It’s disgusting, it’s offensive, and we should stop allowing the liberal media to spread these stories from their hosts who want one thing and one thing only: progressive liberal politics that make it harder for African Americans, not easier.” said Mr. Scott. “This is why President Biden’s numbers are falling in the black and Hispanic communities. Because we can see with our own eyes what the politics of the left are doing to us, not to us.”
Following the tirade, Mr Scott shared what he believes is the real reason he voted against the candidate.
“I believe their legal philosophy is not consistent with what the best instance of our judiciary is,” he said.
Ultimately, the Senate confirmed Ms Brown by a vote of 53 to 47. All 50 Democrats voted in support of Ms. Brown and all but three Republicans voted against confirmation. The Republicans who have resigned from their party are Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney.