I have never watched ABC News’ The View. The show is definitional leftist drivel. Fashionable herd-think. Pure politically correct pablum.
Its left-of-center hosts – led by Sunny Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg – proved as much earlier this year when they attacked U.S. senator Tim Scott of South Carolina for essentially being a successful, black Republican. And for failing to fall in line with the prevailing divisiveness in America.
“I think one of the issues that Tim Scott has, is that he seems to think, ‘because I made it, everyone can make it,’” Hostin said. ” Ignoring again, the fact that he is the exception and not the rule. And until he is the rule — then he can stop talking about systemic racism.”
“He has Clarence Thomas syndrome,” Goldberg chimed in.
This week, Scott appeared on The View to confront his critics …
“One of the reasons why I’m on the show is because of the comments that were made, frankly, on this show that the only way for a young African American kid to be successful in this country is to be the exception and not the rule,” Scott said. “That is a dangerous, offensive, disgusting message to send to our young people today that the only way to succeed is by being the exception.”
“I will tell you that if my life is the exception, I can’t imagine …” Scott continued.
“But it is,” Hostin interrupted.
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“But it’s not actually,” Scott replied. “The fact of the matter is we’ve had an African American president, African American vice president, we’ve had two African Americans to be secretaries of the state. In my home city, the police chief is an African American who’s now running for mayor. The head of the highway patrol for South Carolina is an African American.”
As Scott rattled off black unemployment numbers and other index of progress among this segment of America’s minority population, Hostin repeatedly interrupted him – prompting the 57-year-old North Charleston native to respectfully push back.
“You like people to be deferential and respectful so I’m going to do the same thing,” Scott said.
When he was finally allowed to speak without interruption, Scott offered up arguably the most inspiring line delivered by any candidate running for president in these United States.
“Progress in America is palpable,” Scott said. “It can be measured in generations. I look back at the fact that my grandfather, born in 1921 in Salley, South Carolina, when he was on a sidewalk and a white person was coming, he had to step off and not make eye contact. That man believed then, with some doubt now, in the goodness of America, because he believed that having faith in God, faith in himself, and faith in what the future could hold for his kids would unleash opportunities in ways that you cannot imagine.”
“What I’m suggesting is that yesterday’s exception is today’s rule,” Scott concluded.
I am telling you, people … not even Aaron Sorkin at his most dulcet could have whipped those lines up.
Scott’s 2024 candidacy – announced just two weeks ago – has yet to take hold with the GOP electorate. As of this writing, he is polling at just 1.6 percent nationally according to the latest composite polling data from RealClearPolitics. But if he brings this level of game to upcoming GOP debates, watch out.
Also, in a climate of pervasive pessimism, animosity and blame-gaming/ shifting … is there not a lane for a candidate extolling the potential future greatness of America? Elusive as it may seem at the moment?
“Our country is a more perfect union today than it was yesterday, last year, or in the last decade,” Scott said following his appearance on The View. “We must have faith in the future of America.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR …
Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.
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