GOP Sen Tim Scott Calls Out Republicans for Staying Silent on Steve King

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) took on his own party in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday, arguing that Republicans are often accused of racism because they choose to stay silent on certain statements from their own.

Scott’s op-ed comes one day after Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was quoted in a New York Times article questioning when the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” became offensive. The sentiment from King is hardly new, but the widespread condemnation for his remarks — including a statement from a member of House Republican leadership — does appear to be different than circumstances surrounding King’s past controversies.

In his op-ed on Friday, Scott lauded the work of Republicans over the past two years. But he criticized his party for “still struggling when it comes to civility and fairness.” In his condemnation of King’s words, Scott listed just a few high profile crimes carried out in the name of white supremacy in recent years.

“When people with opinions similar to King’s open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole,” Scott wrote. “They want to be treated with fairness for some perceived slights but refuse to return the favor to those on the other side.”

“Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism — it is because of our silence when things like this are said.”

Scott wrote that King’s comments should “should be ridiculed at every turn possible” and argued that silence only allows extremist views on race to “continue to rip at the fabric of our nation.”

For his part, King addressed the outpouring of condemnation against him in a Friday speech from the floor of the House of Representatives. The congressman opened his remarks by expressed regret over his decision to speak with a reporter for the New York Times. King did not claim he was misquoted but argued that the words were simply misconstrued from his longer conversation with the Times reporter.

Watch the video of King’s remarks below, via C-SPAN:

“I made a freshman mistake a week ago today when I took a call from a reporter from the New York Times,” King said on Friday.

What do you think?

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Jay
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Hey Tim. The GOP is ‘struggling with ‘civility’?! What about the M*****F***** calling for our president to be impeached (needless to say, not knowing what the criteria is for that to happen)? Are you really that dumb?
I won’t wait for the answer.

WellHungChad
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When the Democrats have been silent over the likes of Robert Byrd (D-WV) being a highly ranked member of the KKK, I have a hard time getting upset over Steve King’s comments. However, I have huge respect for Tim Scott and I recognize that if he finds this offensive, I should give my thoughts a second thought. Two wrongs don’t make a right, and thank you Sen. Scott for your objection! I wish you the best for the duration of your service!!

banstan
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Funniest crap today. A dimocrat calling out the Republicans for WHATEVER reason. dims need to clean up their OWN act first.

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