Republican presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) recently appeared on ABC’s “The View,” where he addressed past comments on the show about racism, calling them dangerous, offensive, and disgusting.
Senator Tim Scott to the hosts of The View:
"I’m on the show because of the comments made frankly on this show…the only way for a young African American kid to be successful in this country is to be the exception…? That is a dangerous, offensive, disgusting message…" pic.twitter.com/wAJzL4C3EP
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Co-host Sunny Hostin told Scott: “I am actually happy that you’re here. We have some things in common. You grew up in a single-family household, a single-mother household. I grew up with both of my parents, but raised in the Bronx, projects amidst a lot of poverty and violence. And you were the first black senator elected in the South since the Reconstruction.”
“That would be about, I think, about 114 years. Yet you say that your life just disproves left, leftist lies,” Hostin added.
Hostin continued her comments about Scott, arguing that “racial inequality” persists. She cited five aspects of life in the U.S.: economics, education, health care, criminal justice, and housing. Hostin said these aspects of life, “at nearly every turn,” were “erased, most often by white violence.” The co-host proceeded to ask Scott what the definition of “systemic racism” is.
“Let me answer the question that you’ve asked,” Scott said regarding Hostin’s “systemic racism” question.
“Let me answer the question this way. One of the things I think about and one of the reasons why I’m on the show is because of the comments that were made, frankly, on this show, that the only way for a young African-American kid to be successful in this country is to be the exception and not the rule,” Scott said.
“That is a dangerous, offensive, disgusting message to send to our young people today that the only way to succeed is by being the exception. I will tell you that if my life is the exception, I can’t imagine I can’t…” he added.
“But it is, it’s been 114 years,” Hostin interjected.
Scott replied to Hostin, noting that the U.S. elected its first Black President, Barack Obama, and its first Black vice president, Kamala Harris. The South Carolina senator pointed to his home state, where the police chief is an African American running for mayor.
Scott said the head of the highway patrol for South Carolina is also an African American.