- The Washington Times
Monday, May 3, 2021

MSNBC host Tiffany Cross on Saturday denigrated Republican Sen. Tim Scott as the Republican Party’s “token” Black man and “tap dancer” who is “thirsty for White approval.”

On her show, “The Cross Connection,” Ms. Cross, who is also Black, took aim at Mr. Scott‘s GOP rebuttal to President Biden’s joint address to Congress last week, in which the South Carolina senator declared, “America is not a racist country.”

“OK, let’s be clear,” Ms. Cross scoffed. “Tim Scott does not represent any constituency other than the small number of sleepy, slow-witted sufferers of Stockholm syndrome who get elevated to prominence for repeating a false narrative about this country that makes conservative White people feel comfortable.”

“Just this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asked Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to scrap teaching the 1619 Project in schools because it would reorient the view of American history,” she continued. “Lucky for McConnell, he has his own tap dancer to try and reorient the view of America for him.”

Ms. Cross said she wouldn’t bother critiquing Mr. Scott‘s speech point-by-point on air, because she’s learned in the past not to argue with people “Harriet Tubman would have left behind.”

“And, sure, Tim Scott has spoken out about his encounters with law enforcement, and he co-sponsored the anti-lynching bill in the Senate, but there are two sides to every token,” she said. “So thirsty for White approval, this dude actually stood on the national stage to defend the voter suppression law in Georgia even though, as of last month, 361 bills were being introduced in 47 states to keep people who look like him out of the ballot box.”

Ms. Cross then compared Mr. Scott to a house slave character played by Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film “Django Unchained.”

“Perhaps this was merely Tim Scott‘s audition to be Sam Jackson’s understudy in the film ‘Django,’” she said. “Because, as a descendant of the enslaved and damned near daily survivor of institutional racism, I can assure you, the question, ‘Is America a racist country?’ is one that has been asked and answered many times over. Yet, we still love America not for what it was, but what it could be.”

Mr. Scott faced a wave of left-wing racism after his speech last week, prompting the slur “Uncle Tim” to trend on Twitter for several hours before being removed by the platform.

Gary O’Connor, chair of the Lamar County, Texas, Democratic Party, is facing calls for his resignation over a now-deleted Facebook post criticizing Mr. Scott as “little more than an oreo with no real principles.”

Mr. Scott responded to the racially charged criticism last week, saying, “They are literally attacking the color of my skin.”

“You cannot step down out of your lane, according to the liberal elite left,” he said.

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