South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only African American Republican senator, read the hate mail and scathing tweets he has received for supporting President Trump’s attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions on the Senate floor Wednesday.
“If you sign up to be a black conservative,” Senator Scott said, “chances are very high you will be attacked. It comes with the territory, and I’ve had it for 20 years, two decades, but my friends and my staff, they’re not used to the level of animus that comes in from the liberal left that suggests that I somehow am not helpful to the cause of liberal America and therefore I am not helpful to black America.”
The senator cited tweets in which he was called an “Uncle Tom,” and a “disgrace” to his race.
He hailed his African American chief of staff, one of only two among 100 in the Senate, who has also received harsh messages implying that “she’s not black enough.” The second African American chief of staff also serves in Scott’s office.
“‘You’re for Sessions. How does a black man turn on his own?'” Scott quoted from one of the many letters he has received.
The senator stopped short of recounting the most egregious messages. “I left out all the ones that use the N-word. Just felt like that would not be appropriate. You see what I’m surprised by, just a smidgen, is that the liberal left that speaks and desires the rest of us to be tolerant do not want to be tolerant of anyone that disagrees with where they are coming from.”
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