Sen. Tim Scott: We Want Clarity and Moral Authority From Our President

Sen. Tim Scott,  the Senate’s only African-American Republican, during an interview with VICE News on Thursday, condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists and joined the beat down on President Donald J. Trump’s comments on last weekend’s “alt-right”/”alt-left” hate riot at Charlottesville saying, what we want to see from our President is clarity and moral authority and that moral authority is compromised:

SEN. SCOTT: I am not going to defend the indefensible. I’m not here to do that. I’m here to be clear, and to be concise and succinct. His comments on Monday were strong. His comments on Tuesday started erasing the comments that were strong. What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised when Tuesday happens. There’s no question about that. We should all call that on the carpet. I certainly have.

INTERVIEWER: So does the president have moral authority now?

SEN. SCOTT: I think he has it. He’s losing a part of it.

INTERVIEWER: He has it? You think so?

SEN. SCOTT: Also — he’s, we elected him as President so there’s no question that we gave him moral authority. The problem is that in this situation, in the last three or four days, what we’ve seen is that moral authority being compromised by the lack of clarity, by what we have seen as the, a pivot backwards, which is very unsettling for many Americans, to include me.

Scott also said that he would continue to work with Trump when they agree and speak out when he disagrees with the President.

You can watch a video of the interview below (the excerpted passage begins about 1:20 mark):

Tim Scott is an inspiring genuine Conservative. He was the seventh African-American ever elected to the Senate, and the first from the South since Reconstruction. He speaks with great authority and clarity about modern racism.

Tim Scott Calls Out the Bigots Who Tweeted Him Over His Support for Jeff Sessions

One of the funniest bits on late night talk shows involves celebrities reading “mean tweets.” Not only are the tweets funny when the target of the ire reads them, but it’s a nice comeuppance to those who choose to be jerks.

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) recently delivered a “mean tweets” segment of his own on the Senate floor when he read some of the awful, racist things people have tweeted to and about him over his support for the nomination of his fellow senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). Scott even called out the Twitter users themselves.

“I go on to read from folks who wanted to share their opinions about my endorsing Jeff Sessions,” he began, quoting from tweets that were sent to him. “You are a disgrace to the black race,” and, “You are an “Uncle Tom” Scott. You are for Sessions. How does a black man turn on his own?”

“He doesn’t have a shred of honor, He’s a ‘house negro’,” another one read, according to Scott. “A black man who is racist against black people. A big ‘Uncle Tom’ piece of fertilizer.”

“I left out all the ones that use the n-word,” Scott continued. “I just felt like that would be not appropriate.”

Scott, who earlier evoked the civil rights heroes who made his ascension to the Senate possible, concluded with an observation about the so-called “tolerance” from the Left:

You see what I’m surprised by, just a smidgen, is that the liberal left that speaks and desires for all of us to be tolerant, do not want to be tolerant of anyone that disagrees with where they are coming from. So the definition of tolerance isn’t that all Americans experience a full level of tolerance, it’s that all Americans that agree with them experience this so-called tolerance.

So stay classy, Leftist trolls. Senator Scott will call you out for the bigots you truly are.

Check out the whole clip here:

A Powerful, Narrative-Changing Speech By Senator Tim Scott

We’ve heard it a lot recently from the Twittersphere, from Democratic politicians, from activists: ‘The GOP is ignoring the issues facing black people.’ ‘The right pretends racism doesn’t exist.’ ‘Republicans dismiss the #BlackLivesMatter protesters and only side with the police.’

Senator Tim Scott, Republican from South Carolina, gave a powerful, narrative-changing speech yesterday that changed the conversation.

Scott, one of only two black senators (in addition to Democrat Cory Booker) said the speech was “the most difficult because it’s the most personal.” While he noted the “vast majority” of police are only thinking about “protect and serve” he went on to describe the “deep divide between the black community and law enforcement, a trust gap, a tension that has been growing for decades.”

“As a family, one American family, we cannot ignore these issues,” said Scott.

Scott went on to describe in personal story after personal story the times he has faced issues with law enforcement. Like being stopped seven times in one year, as an elected official, when the “vast majority of the time I was pulled over for nothing more than driving a new car in the wrong neighborhood, or some other reason just as trivial.”

“Imagine the frustration, the irritation, the sense of a loss of dignity, that accompanies each of those stops,” he said.

But it wasn’t just personal stories for Scott. One of the points often made by #BlackLivesMatter activists is people refuse to “say their name” – to keep the names of those who have died at the hands of police officers in the national discussion. Scott said the names: Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Philando Castile.

“We must find a way to fill these cracks in the very foundation of our country,” said Scott in conclusion.

The GOP doesn’t care about the issues faced by black people in this country? The argument doesn’t work when you have Senator Tim Scott’s powerful and essential voice in the national conversation.

Watch the entire speech.

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