Don’t Believe The Hype: Tim Scott is Not The Future of The Republican Party
March 7, 2021 (8mo ago)

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President Trump has delivered his first endorsement since his political reemergence at CPAC, backing Tim Scott’s Senate reelection. Scott’s race is still nearly two years away, he isn’t expected to face a major primary challenge, and the race itself is unlikely to be close unless Republicans are having a seriously bad year.

So why the big public endorsement now? A recent Bloomberg article suggests a possible reason:

Donald Trump is telling allies he’s strongly considering another run for president in 2024 — and close advisers want him to choose someone other than former Vice President Mike Pence for his ticket, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Trump’s advisers have discussed identifying a Black or female running mate for his next run, and three of the people familiar with the matter said Pence likely won’t be on the ticket. … [O]n Tuesday, Trump issued a public endorsement for South Carolina Senator Tim Scott’s re-election. Scott is the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate. [Bloomberg]

President Trump may see a team-up with Sen. Scott as his path back to the White House. Doubtless, his advisers tell him that this would appeal to non-white voters and moderate whites (by showing he is Not Racist), expand his coalition and give him the advantage over President Biden or (more likely) President Harris.

President Trump should ignore this advice. Senator Scott doesn’t deserve to be the Republican all-star he is treated as, and he absolutely doesn’t belong on a Republican presidential ticket. 

As the party nominally opposed to affirmative action, it is unsurprising that the Republican Party practices it more aggressively than any other institution in America. Republicans are mostly white, and their leaders are mostly white men. Rather than realize there is nothing wrong with that, Republicans have accepted the left’s moral framing, and are desperate to elevate women, non-white, and gay figures as a way to “prove” the party is not bigoted.

This doesn’t mean in the slightest that all conservative women and minorities are overhyped tokens. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem would deserve national praise for defying coronavirus insanity even if she were a man. Justice Clarence Thomas would be the finest constitutionalist on the Supreme Court right now no matter what his race.

Tim Scott isn’t an awful senator. He isn’t a stealthy open borders zealot, and he’s “conservative enough” on most big issues. Yet, once again, the question Donald Trump and every other Republican must ask themselves is this: Purely on the merits, does Tim Scott deserve the hype he’s gotten as the future of the party, or a potential Trump running mate? An honest look at his record shows the answer must be “No.” At critical moments, Scott has repeatedly abandoned conservatives and nationalists to hand victories to globalists and the left, sometimes with lethal consequences.

1. Scott has enabled the left’s weaponization of “cancel culture.”

In the summer of 2018, Scott sank the nomination of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Ryan Bounds. It had nothing to do with Bounds’ judicial philosophy. Instead, in a worthy prelude to the events of 2020, Bounds was ruined because of articles he wrote as an undergraduate, a quarter-century before:

In one of his Stanford articles, Bounds described a phenomenon he called “race-think,” in which “multiculturalistas” and ethnic minorities bonded together to form groups of “racial purity” that he claimed ended up creating more division.

“During my years in our Multicultural Garden of Eden,” he wrote, “I have often marveled at the odd strategies that some of the more strident racial factions of the student body employ in their attempts to ‘heighten consciousness,’ ‘build tolerance,’ ‘promote diversity’ and otherwise convince us to partake of that fruit which promises to open our eyes to a PC version of the knowledge of good and evil. I am mystified because these tactics seem always to contribute more to restricting consciousness, aggravating intolerance and pigeonholing cultural identities than many a Nazi bookburning.”

In another article, he urged the university not to lower the burden of proof in finding accused rapists in violation of university policy. … In a third article he mocked the importance of “Sensitivity” and the university’s decision to make all students undergo mandatory sensitivity training after an LGBT statue was vandalized. He described sensitivity as a “pestilence” that “stalks us.”

“These sweet victories of Sensitivity reveal one thing: if we fancy ourselves oppressed (regardless of how oppressed, ignored, or downtrodden we objectively are) we will see the world, however unrealistically, as overflowing with instances that support our perception.” [WaPo]

The above examples, which were the worst the hostile Washington Post could muster, make it clear that nothing Bounds wrote remotely justified withdrawing his nomination. Bounds condemned dividing Americans up by race, defended the presumption of innocence on campus, and warned about victimhood culture decades before it became the society-strangling terminal cancer that it is today. If anything, his writings should be celebrated.

Much like the nakedly false accusations brought against Brett Kavanaugh a few months later, the left was just cynically using whatever it could to block a Trump nominee to the courts. That effort should have failed. Republicans had a Senate majority, and that was that. But then, even after Bounds was forced to deliver an unnecessary, humiliating apology for his writings, Sen. Scott still buried a knife in his back:

In an extraordinarily rare move on Thursday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) withdrew a circuit court judge nomination after Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) indicated that he would not vote for the nominee, causing other Republican senators to follow suit.

According to a GOP source familiar with the matter, Scott, the only black Republican senator, raised concerns to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) about Ryan Bounds’ college writings which allegedly included racially charged comments and other controversial statements.

Rubio, the source said, pledged to vote against Bounds alongside Scott, and “more Republicans [were] heading to ‘no’” on the nomination as a result.

McConnell then withdrew the nomination—but not before huddling with his top deputy, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), in his office off the Senate floor. The saga unfolded just minutes before the scheduled 1:45 p.m. vote. By 2:30 p.m., it was over. [The Daily Beast]

Scott’s decision was an odious capitulation to the left, and shouldn’t be forgotten.

Then, just a few months after sinking Bounds, Scott did it again, killing Thomas Farr’s judicial nomination. This time, the offense was that Farr had worked on Republican Jesse Helms’s Senate campaigns in 1984 and 1990, when Democrats accused Helms of engaging in voter suppression tactics. Scott’s colleagues labeled the attacks character assassination, but Scott chose to believe Democrats instead. After his decision, the left celebrated:

“This is a massive victory for those who have organized for a year against this nomination,” said Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, a liberal group. “It shows what progressives can do when we decide to wage a fight on the courts.” [NYT]

2. Scott enabled the Democratic Party’s pro-crime, anti-police push of 2020.

In the days and weeks after the death of George Floyd and the subsequent nationwide rioting, Sen. Scott had a chance to show genuine courage by standing up to the moral panic gripping the country. He could have pointed out any numbers of true things:

  • That big city police departments were some of the most genuinely diverse institutions in America.
  • That police were not systemically racist, and instead did their best at the unenviable job of containing the danger in America’s most criminal neighborhoods
  • That police had made enormous strides in reducing officer-caused fatalities.
  • That police played a key role in the enormous crime drop from 1990 to the present, and that this drop had dramatically improved the lives of all Americans.

Instead, at the critical moment, Scott gave in to the “systemic racism” hoax instead of standing up to it. Scott didn’t just declare Derek Chauvin a murderer without adequate evidence. He joined the left in demanding the arrest and prosecution of all four police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest.

Months later, when evidence was already available that Floyd’s death was far from an open-and-shut murder case, Scott was still calling the Minneapolis officers murderers. And he was going further. In a September tweet, Scott suggested the police officer who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake in Kenosha was guilty of a crime as well:

In fact, Blake was wielding a knife at the time, and officers had reason to believe they were stopping a kidnapping-in-progress. Despite enormous political pressure to act otherwise, in January no charges were brought against the officers involved. Absolutely nothing about Blake’s case shows the need for “police reform.” But by then Scott had already done plenty to advance the left’s narratives.

Thankfully, Scott’s proposed police reform bill was not nearly as bad. While he sought to impose a de facto national ban on police chokeholds, Scott avoided the left’s more toxic and destructive demands, like an end to qualified immunity and widespread defunding of police departments.

Nevertheless, Scott must be held accountable. Police racism and violence is a fake crisis, but Scott helped the left create a real one. By spreading the lie that police are systemically racist, and that they regularly kill black Americans for the color of their skin, Scott contributed to the nationwide “racial reckoning” which caused mass riots, a police pullback, and an explosion in crime rates that claimed thousands of lives.

Scott’s position wasn’t a marginal disagreement over tax rates or regulatory policy. Instead, he took the wrong side on the single most important issue affecting the daily well-being of ordinary citizens. The central justification for government existing, the only reason it is tolerated at all, is that it keeps people safe. If the government cannot provide law and order, if it cannot protect people from the predatory individuals among us, it is fundamentally illegitimate. And over the summer of 2020, continuing up to the present, Democrats have taken the side of criminals against the police and against regular law-abiding citizens.

This isn’t just a moral matter. It’s also a political one. President Trump’s much-heralded gains with minority voters in 2020 had nothing to do with the Platinum Plan, or criminal justice reform, or Diamond and Silk. Instead, as progressive data scientist David Shor made clear in a recent interview with New York magazine, it had everything to do with Democratic pro-crime policies:

[W]e looked specifically at those voters who switched from supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016 to Donald Trump in 2020 to see whether anything distinguishes this subgroup in terms of their policy opinions. What we found is that Clinton voters with conservative views on crime, policing, and public safety were far more likely to switch to Trump than voters with less conservative views on those issues. And having conservative views on those issues was more predictive of switching from Clinton to Trump than having conservative views on any other issue-set was. [NYMag]

If President Trump sees minority voters as his way to win back the White House, than the anti-police rhetoric of Tim Scott is the last thing he or the party needs.

3. Scott accepts the same endless foreign policy interventionism as his fellow South Carolinians.

Maybe it’s something in the sweet tea: Between Lindsey Graham and Nikki Haley, South Carolina has produced the Republican Party’s most high-profile interventionists, eager to find more expensive conflicts for the U.S. to ensnare itself. But Sen. Scott is of a similar mold. In 2019, Scott joined the group of Congressional Republicans going into hysterics over a possible withdrawal from Syria, selling the absurd line that getting U.S. troops out of danger would “abandon” American allies to the mercy of Turkey, a NATO ally that the U.S. supplies weapons to.

The 2019 episode was a farce, one of the worst examples of the forever war lobby in Washington pulling Republican strings to perpetuate conflicts the U.S. had no reason to be involved in. Scott was far from the only Republican to join in. But he disgraced himself by participating nonetheless.

4. Scott has worked to hand Democrats real victories in the name of pointless symbolism.

Along with joining the mania for police “reform” and criminal justice “reform,” Scott was also a top Republican supporter of a federal lynching ban. Of course, lynching doesn’t actually happen anymore, and both murder and conspiracy to murder are already crimes, but that didn’t deter Scott, who collaborated with Cory Booker and Kamala Harris to pass an anti-lynching bill in the Senate in 2019. Like a lot of bad legislation, the bill was rushed through in response to Jussie Smollett’s obviously-fake but not-yet-debunked hate crime hoax in Chicago. Sen. Rand Paul later interfered to keep the bill from becoming law, which is a relief, because Tim Scott’s symbolic victory over lynching would have had real consequences for America:

A few days ago, someone spray-painted “BHAZ” (for “Black House Autonomous Zone”) on the pillars of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the site of President Donald Trump’s notorious June 1 photo op during protests against police brutality in Washington, D.C. Under the D.C. Code, that act of vandalism, assuming the damage costs less than $1,000, is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to six months in jail. But under an “anti-lynching” bill that is part of the police reform packages backed by House Democrats and Senate Republicans, the same act could qualify as a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. [Reason]

If Scott wants to make a symbolic statement against lynching, there are countless better paths available. He could deliver speeches or introduce resolutions on the Senate floor. He could appropriate funds for lynching education (which would be pointless, but at least relatively harmless). He could try to warn the public against the dangers of mob rule and rushing to judgment, lessons the public would do well to re-learn today. Instead, Scott came close to giving federal prosecutors a weapon for upgrading petty crimes into major felonies. Such a law would inevitably be abused, and it shows poor judgment that Scott aided Democrats in passing it.

Whoever the Republican nominee for president is in 2024, and whomever his or her running mate is, both must fully and categorically reject the lies and fraudulent morality of the modern Democratic Party, as well as the failed policies of the old Bush-era GOP. Senator Tim Scott has failed these tests. That doesn’t make him evil, or a RINO. But it does mean he is not the way forward for a winning GOP.

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7 months ago

Hooray!

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7 months ago

Who is the mentally challenged 6 year-old who posted this GIF?

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7 months ago

Nazi Chop and one of his 50 fake screen names.

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7 months ago

He really loves to spend hours thumbing down the animated gifs with black people in them the most. Tell me again who is the real racist around here? LOLOL

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7 months ago

True!

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7 months ago

Nazi Chop and his Trump hating fake impotent members. 😃😆😄😁

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7 months ago

Poor Chop has no inner child, but then again neither does any Nazi.

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7 months ago

This is really Nazi Chop. He is an escapee from a mental asylum and he's wanted in fifty states with his fifty screen names.

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7 months ago

It is super Cringey. Something a senile old bat or a child would post.

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7 months ago

Nah. It's adorable. You have no heart Nazi Chop.

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7 months ago

Children are sweet, much nicer than you to hang around with, evil Nazi Chop. Your idea of non-cringy entertainment is Leni's Triumph of the Will. 😁

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7 months ago

This sick mental patient thumbs down a statement that children are sweet? Wow 😳 what a total demon. No wonder so many people here are exposing him.

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7 months ago

Nazis are super cringy.

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7 months ago

See? Nazi Chop is well named. He LOVES mass murdering Nazis. Someone needs to put him in a straightjacket.

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7 months ago

Someone who routinely says "ain't" instead of isn't shouldn't be talking about senility.

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7 months ago

Confess insane Nazi Hellbound Chop, you have the hots for the wiggling Wilma.

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7 months ago

Just think: Nazi Chop wasted hours thumbing his own pathetic comment up 69 times! HILARIOUS 😁😆😁 !!!

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7 months ago

🙂 And he calls other people crazy!

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7 months ago

Keep posting so he spends all day and night doing it and drops dead of exhaustion.

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7 months ago

Great idea! 🙂

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5 months ago

NaziChop.

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7 months ago

I think she's cute. Chop has no appreciation for sweetness and innocence because he's never been young at heart, he only has HATE as his religion, like Hitler, his idol.

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7 months ago

He had to open new fake accounts 83 times to thumb an animated gif down!!! Must have taken him all night. HILARIOUS 😄😆

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7 months ago

Trump is a tired old man who lives in a mental construct developed in the 1980's. He is a shady real estate developer with close ties to jewish organized crime families. We deserve and need better.

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7 months ago

And what is Biden, yet he still "won". Shut up Nazi Chop and go to bed. Your Trump hate is showing.

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7 months ago

This is really Nazi Chop. Don't engage with him. He likes to sic the FBI on you (at least in his insane mind).

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7 months ago

Shut up hellbound Nazi Chop.

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7 months ago

I’m sure you voted for Biden like a moron so what you think means nothing.

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7 months ago

Isn't that supposed to be Xiden, Nazi Chop? You're slipping!

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7 months ago

Trump is the best we got. If you want a candidate with no Jewish ties you'll have to find someone from a different country (who is unable to run for POTUS anyway).

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7 months ago

Trump is a lying bum who is long gone!

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7 months ago

3 months is long to you? LOLOL!

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7 months ago

Just wait till Chop hits eternal hellfire when he croaks. Then he will REALLY know what a "long time" is. Spent in total agony. No escape. Ever. Dumb Nazi Chop.

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7 months ago

Funny I just saw him on CPAC on Sunday.

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7 months ago

The only bum around here is demonic hellbound hideous Nazi Chop.

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7 months ago

I think you vastly underestimate Tim Scott. He was instrumental to driving the O-Zones into the tax reform. Do I agree with him 100%? Of course not. But he is a principled, quality senator and has worked well with President Trump.

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7 months ago

Go to bed Chop. We know you hate all black people.

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7 months ago

Perhaps you would like to explain why there is not one single black african anywhere in Don the fraud's family? Also, please explain why there is not one single african or Chinese person in the entire racist goverment of Apartheid Nazi israel.

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7 months ago

Chop Defies Explanation. He's insane.

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7 months ago

Chop has a habit of starting many of his posts with the phrase, "Perhaps you can tell us why … (Fill in the blanks). He doesn't really want to know, he thinks he knows everything already.

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7 months ago

You have not addressed Racist Trump the fraud, or Nazi Apartheid israel. It would be very good if you ended up like Ashli Babbitt, you lying racist troll.

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7 months ago

There's no reason to answer the fabricated questions of a hater.

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7 months ago

You're the racist not Trump.

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7 months ago

Golda is one of Nazi Chop's 50 fake IDs. She/He hates all black and Jews and Christians because she/he is a Satanist.

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7 months ago

There are no black people in the Racist Nazi government of israel.

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