Two of The View’s co-hosts had radically different takes on Republican Senator Tim Scott’s rebuttal to President Biden’s first address to Congress.
Liberal Joy Behar believed Biden gave a “wonderful” address but was appalled by Scott’s take that the country wasn’t racist.
“Tim Scott, he does not seem to understand — and a lot of them don’t seem to understand the difference between a racist country and systemic — systemic racism. They don’t seem to get the difference,” Behar remarked. “Maybe it’s not a racist country. Maybe Americans, the majority, are not racist. But we live in a country with systemic racism.”
She went on to explain that systemic racism isn’t just about people being racists, but the impact of racism on education and living conditions. “The fact that Tim Scott cannot acknowledge this is appalling. How can you go out there and say that when you just said two minutes ago you were the object and the victim of discrimination?” She continued. Then he says this is not a racist country. At least acknowledge that there is systemic racism. That’s what I wanted to hear from him and he didn’t say it.”
During the discourse, co-host Meghan McCain called out liberals for their racist attacks on Scott over Twitter. “[Scott] was trending on Twitter being called ‘Uncle Tom’ and ‘Uncle Tim,’ which many Americans consider a racial slur,” McCain commented. “It’s okay to be racist and use racial slurs towards black men as long as they are Republicans. I’m disgusted by the response to him.”
She went on to slam liberals for how they’re quick to call out racism until it’s directed at their political opponents. “Don’t talk to me about the problems we have in this country with racism when it’s okay to speak and treat a black man this way who happens to be the most famous Republican black senator in the country. It’s okay to treat him that way,” She continued.
McCain also turned her ire towards Twitter, who allowed the “Uncle Tim” to trend for hours without taking action. “It’s okay to let it trend against Senator Scott. I don’t believe it would have happened if he was a Democrat,” McCain concluded. “It hurt me, saddened me, and disgusted me. It literally ruined my night and my morning because of it. I’m so grossed out