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.

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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.

General Confusion
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Tim Scott is capable of identifying racism when he hears it.

Tim Scott is not confused.

Jay
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Racism is the LEAST of our problems here in the US.
So Be It!!!

Phyllis Softa
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Since It appears you believe that someone has put you in charge of ranking the US’s problems, what are your top contenders? .Is “So Be It!!!” your take on “So let it be written. So let it be done.”?

Jay
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So be it – my opinion. Everything I say is – I’ll guarantee – MY opinion. You shouldn’t conclude I work for anyone else. Problem #1, a party which doesn’t stand for my president, and which runs on the platform that ‘We are not Them’. Except the Freedom Caucus from that!

Mark Swatzki
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How about Maxine Waters attending the Nation of Islam Convention to buddy up with Farakhan? Let’s call it all out

General Confusion
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“not knowing what the criteria is for that to happen)? Are you really that dumb?”

Tlaib is neither dumb or confused. The co-authored an op-ed laying out the exact reasons why Trump could be or should be impeached. Maybe you missed that in the Detroit Free Press.

Mark Swatzki
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Who cares? She is a freshman in Congress. Carry the luggage

General Confusion
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I think you are confusing the progressive freshmen with normal, corrupt Democrats. This new bunch figure that they didn’t get elected to “carry the luggage”. They plan on pulling more than their fair share or taking point on issues of importance.

Mark Swatzki
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You do realize there is a Senate and veto power?

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!!

Mark Swatzki
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And Barack did the Eulogy for Robert Byrd. You can’t make this stuff up

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.

General Confusion
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What part of “Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) took on his own party…” confused you?

Jay
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The part that ‘(R-S.C.)’ should be implying. He should be D-S.C., if they’ll elect him as such.

Phyllis Softa
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Well, that’s interesting. Now you want to decrease the Republican majority in the Senate to 52 -48. Did you run that idea past Mitch McConnell?

Jay
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Honestly, I do not see the republican party saving this country. Just for the fun of it, you please tell me who has been out there banging heads – and I mean BANGING HEADS the way they continually bang his – to support President Trump. I’ve been voting for these jackasses for almost 30 years since Reagan left office. Finally someone comes along who means what the says, and they, the GOP, want him gone maybe even more than the democrats. If anybody saves us, it’ll be more Freedom Caucus members.

Jay
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I could really care less about Mitch; President Donald Trump may save this country, given God’s help. But other than that, Mitch and his boys merely put up with our president because it would hurt them to do otherwise.
Also, don’t think I wish it weren’t different.

Mark Swatzki
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Nah let’s run it past Harry Reid. Thank goodness for his nuclear deal. The left needed the kookies to go after Kavanaugh thanks to Harry

Phyllis Softa
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What exactly is your definition of “dimocrat”? In the past, I assume it was your Trumpian insult of a Democrat? But as General Confusion points out, the article clearly informed you Tim Scott is a Republican. If you failed to read the article, the HEADLINE clearly states “GOP Sen Tim Scott….” Do you now consider the Grand Old Party to be the Democrat Party? In the event that Sen Scott’s race threw you off, Republicans have 1 African American Senator & 1 US Rep. (Will Hurd)

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