Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has sought to brush aside remarks made by former President Barack Obama about the Pollyanna view held by African American or other minority candidates within the Republican Party about America’s history, but should he?
“There’s no higher compliment than being attacked by President Obama,” Scott said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
The former President had earlier criticized Scott, a rare Black candidate in the GOP primary contest, for comments he has made about race and racism in America, saying that voters had a right to be “skeptical” of claims made by minority candidates that ignore the inequality that exists in the United States.
“There’s a long history of African American or other minority candidates within the Republican Party who will validate America and say, ‘Everything’s great, and we can make it,'” Obama said during a conversation with Democratic strategist David Axelrod on his podcast “Axe Files.”
“If somebody’s not proposing — both acknowledging and proposing — elements that say, ‘No, we can’t just ignore all that and pretend as if everything’s equal and fair. We actually have to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.’ If they’re not doing that, then I think people are rightly skeptical,” Obama added.
The truth is Scott is so happy to boast about where he has reached up the social ladder that he now fails to distinguish the forest from the trees.
He never failed to tell his story on the campaign trail about his struggles — coming from a single-parent household, growing up in poverty, and pulling himself up by the bootstraps to now be a senator.
“I’m running for president because I believe, I know, America can do for anyone what she’s done for me,” is Scott’s utterance today.
Of course, the saying “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” has become a key part of the GOP narrative, albeit it was originally intended to be a sarcastic phrase suggesting an impossible accomplishment.
But don’t tell that story to Senator Scott and his GOP choir — they may think you are too woke.
According to Senator Scott, America “is not a racist country” — look at me running for President, one assumes he is saying to himself.
“Here is what the people need to know: The truth of my life disproves lies of the radical left,” Scott touted.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass was on point in her take on the utterances of the Southerner Senator Scott during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” program.
“We’re in a period right now where there are certain states, certain cities where they literally do not want to tell the truths about U.S. history.”
Bass further said, “You can’t just talk about the nice stories, George Washington’s cherry tree, but not the 350 enslaved individuals that he had. All of it is the American story, and it all needs to be told because we’re not going to overcome the problems if we cannot even reflect on how we got where we are.”
However, an observation such as Bass’s would miss the Republican Senator from South Carolina.
The problem with people like Senator Scott and people of his ilk is their failure to recognize the social contradictions in society and the historical antecedents of the experiences of minorities in America.
In Senator Scott’s bid to represent the GOP in the next general election, we see him lumbering at 3.3 % compared to former President Trump’s 53%.
On the face of it, Senator Scott would have to lift himself up from much more than the bootstrap, can he?
His situation seemed even more dire when he was posed with the question on the Sunday Show to give two policies where he would be different from President Trump, the goodly Senator Scott waffled in his response.
“Certainly, the one thing I will say is that I continue to campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Our voters, primary voters are starving for a message filled with optimism and hope anchored in conservative values with a backbone….”
Given his circumlocutory way of answering the question, the program host was forced to ask the presidential hopeful a follow-up question.
“Are you saying that this idea of being conservative, this idea of being optimistic, is different from what President Trump is offering?”
Senator Scott could only manage to gin up Trump and Biden’s talking points.
His ideas or policies include securing our borders, bringing manufacturing back home, talking about the economic cold war with China, talking about exponential innovation, and addressing the failures of the radical left, among other recycled ideas.
If Senator Scott is to be taken seriously, he must lift his game going forward.
After all, he is aiming for the highest office in the land, not a state office.
Moreover, he needs to revisit the history books and reflect on the historical circumstances of African Americans and other minorities in this country.
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