Sen. Tim Scott Responds After Being Derided As Lone 'Black Person' At GOP Tax Bill Announcement

It’s no secret that social media is completely littered with contentious political rhetoric at any given point in time. The overall political environment across the country is downright toxic, and there are a ton of users that seem intent on ensuring it stays that way. To say that the rhetoric flowing around is incendiary would be an understatement. And then there’s the stuff that really crosses the line.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, one of those unsightly comments came to light in the wake of the announcement that the GOP tax bill had made its way through Congress. Unsurprisingly, reaction was flying in fast and furious, and it fell along party lines. There was a whole lot of noise going on, but one comment managed to stick out like an incredibly sore thumb.

“What a shocker... there's ONE black person there and sure enough they have him standing right next to the mic like a manipulated prop. Way to go @SenatorTimScott. #trump #taxscambill,” the user wrote.

The user, Huffington Post contributor Andy Ostroy, was referring to Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). As one of the bill’s chief architects, Scott proudly strode to the podium and explained what the passage of the plan meant to him.

“Let me just say to those Americans who are watching this process, this is not about Washington. It's not about the left. It's not about the right. It’s about single-parent moms who are looking for a reason to be hopeful in 2018,” he said.

As Ostroy unbelievably felt the need to point out, Scott just so happens to be black. Exactly what race has to do with this conversation is incredibly unclear, but Scott himself would deftly put Ostroy in his place.

“Uh probably because I helped write the bill for the past year, have multiple provisions included, got multiple Senators on board over the last week and have worked on tax reform my entire time in Congress. But if you'd rather just see my skin color, pls feel free,” he replied.

Game, set, and match for Scott, but it’s incredibly unfortunate that he had to waste time responding to such nonsense. Why on earth would anyone need to instill a racial narrative into the conversation just to make a political point? If Ostroy is so riled up about things, then why can’t he clearly and succinctly explain what’s bugging him so much? It’s beyond irresponsible to attack Scott for his political leanings and portray him as if he’s some kind of token.

He’s a respected Senator that’s viewed as a rising star in GOP circles, and yes, he just so happens to be black. Here’s a newsflash: there are lot of other black conservatives. Ostroy is clumsily attempting to advance the false narrative that all Republicans are inherently racist, and nothing could be further from the truth. Quite frankly, it’s a lazy and sloppy argument from those that fail to extend the mental capital needed to form cogent arguments.

In any event, Ostroy was roundly blasted for his incendiary remarks. To his credit, he deleted his post and offered up an apology. It’s great that he’s seen the error of his ways, and we sincerely hope he will use this as a gigantic learning experience.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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