Senator Tim Scott responded Thursday after the hash-tag “Uncle Tim” trended on Twitter following his response to Joe Biden’s address; calling the developing “so disappointing.”
“Well, you know, it was upsetting certainly, but it was so disappointing that those people who want to be respected and given the opportunity to live their lives any way they want to, they don’t want the same thing for you and me,” Scott said Thursday morning.
“[T]hey have doubled down that they are going to not attack my policies but they are literally attacking the color of my skin. You cannot step out of your lane according to the liberal elite left,” Scott told Fox News.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 29, 2021
From Fox News:
Twitter on Thursday morning blocked the “Uncle Tim” trending topic – the racial slur that flooded the platform Wednesday night after Republican Sen. Tim Scott delivered his rebuttal to President Biden’s address to Congress.
Scott, who is Black, declared the United States is not a racist country while saying he had encountered racism in his life. Some of it, he said, came from the left in the form of being called an “Uncle Tom,” a derogatory phrase for Blacks who are viewed as too deferential to Whites.
“I get called Uncle Tom, and the N-word by progressives, by liberals,” Scott said during his speech.
After his rebuttal, “Uncle Tim” appeared on Twitter’s trending topics as more and more tweets relayed the racially charged play on his name.
"I get called Uncle Tom and the N word by progressives…I know firsthand, our healing is not finished," Sen. Tim Scott says in GOP rebuttal of President Biden's address to Congress, adding later, "Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country." pic.twitter.com/EOet8AriSb
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 29, 2021
A Twitter spokesperson told Fox News Thursday morning that the company, is “blocking the phrase … from appearing in Trends.”
“This is in line with our policies on Trends,” the spokesperson told Fox News, noting that the company wants Trends “to promote healthy conversations on Twitter.”
“This means that at times, we may not allow or may temporarily prevent content from appearing in Trends until more context is available,” the spokesperson said. “This includes Trends that violate The Twitter Rules.”
Twitter explained to Fox News that Trends are “determined by an algorithm and, by default, are tailored for you based on who you follow, your interests, and your location.”
“This algorithm identifies topics that are popular now, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter,” the spokesperson said.
Read the full report at Fox News.
DEVELOPING: Tim Scott to Deliver Republican ‘Address to the Nation’ After Biden’s Speech to Congress
Republican leadership confirmed Thursday that Senator Tim Scott will deliver the party’s response to the nation following Joe Biden’s speech before both Houses of Congress on April 28th.
McConnell, McCarthy Announce Tim Scott Will Deliver Republican Address To The Nation
Read more here: https://t.co/XsDeNiJcmS
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) April 22, 2021
“Senator Tim Scott is not just one of the strongest leaders in our Senate Republican Conference. He is one of the most inspiring and unifying leaders in our nation. As Sen. Scott likes to say, he is living his mother’s American dream, and he has dedicated his career to creating more opportunity for our fellow citizens who need it most. Nobody is better at communicating why far-left policies fail working Americans. Senate Republicans are looking forward to this address from our distinguished colleague,” McConnell said in a statement.
“I couldn’t be more proud as a friend, as a Republican, and as an American to have Senator Tim Scott deliver the Republican response to President Biden’s address next week. He is a conservative optimist with the right vision for a stronger, more united country. Today’s Republican Party is a growing coalition of working Americans who value freedom in pursuit of the American dream. No member in Congress epitomizes the essence of today’s Republican Party more than my friend and colleague Senator Scott,” McCarthy added.
‘HURTS MY SOUL’: GOP Sen. Tim Scott RIPS Dick Durbin for Calling His Police Reform Bill a ‘Token Process’
Senator Tim Scott ripped Sen. Dick Durbin Wednesday after the Democrat referred to his police reform bill as a “token process,” saying the comments “hurt his soul.”
“To think that -on this day- as we try to make sure fewer people lose confidence in this nation, to have the Senator from Illinois refer to this bill as a ‘token process’ hurts my soul,” said Sen. Scott.
.@SenatorTimScott rips Senator Dick Durbin for calling his police reform bill a "token":
"To call this a token process, hurts my soul." pic.twitter.com/qoERCevtra
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 17, 2020
“To think that the concept of anti-lynching -that’s a part of this legislation- to be considered a ‘token piece of legislation’… I don’t know what he meant,” he added.
Watch Sen. Scott’s comments above.