After South Carolina Senator Tim Scott gave the GOP response to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Wednesday night, the leftist pundit-sphere began calling him "Uncle Tim." Leftists took issue with Scott saying "America is not a racist country." So they began to attack Scott with a racist term to prove racism still exists.
The insult of "Uncle Tim" is a take-off on the character of Uncle Tom from Harriet Beecher Stowe's abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. The character was enslaved, and while he helped others escape, he was unable to get out of chains himself.
Bree Newsome of Black Lives Matter said that calling Scott "Uncle Tim" isn't racist because Scott said the US isn't a racist country.
Others were straight-up cruel with regard to their references, using imagery from a Trump rally in Washington, DC on Jan. 6
TV personality Scott Nevins tried to walk back his use of the "Uncle Tim," but it turns out that he's used the term "Uncle Tom" for black people he disagreed with in the past.
Sean Davis from The Federalist had receipts.
So did Yashar Ali.
Political commentator Tim Pool noted that Twitter, which is normally so quick to ban, suppress, and monitor, was apparently totally cool with having a racial slur trend. In a statement to Fox News obtained shortly after, Twitter announced that the trend would be blocked from the site's Trends tab.
While author Marc Lamont Hill slammed liberals for calling Scott an "Uncle Tom," Turning Point USA's Rob Smith said it's better that it should be known how these liberals really think.
Keith Olbermann weighed in to contradict Scott's claims, and used Scott's own experiences to do it. Then he said that Scott was like a kidnapping victim who comes to love his abductors, indicating that Olbermann does not believe the senator can think or act for himself, but is a victim of coercion and manipulation.
The Root's Michael Harriot also went for it.
The Spectator US' Stephen Miller opined that a Washington Post fact check would undoubtedly reveal that Tim Scott is an "Uncle Tim" to his nephews.
Scott was recently blasted by the Washington Post's resident fact-checker Glenn Kessler over claims Scott made about his ancestry, such as that his grandfather left school in the third grade—Kessler found out that it was actually the fourth grade.
And activist Erin Maye Quade said that "not all skinfolk are kinfolk."
One woman said that racists are loving "Uncle Tim," seemingly not aware that she was being racist in using the term.
Much pushback from the left against Scott's speech was that critique that Scott doesn't speak for all black people, but this critique misses the point, which is that conservatives don't believe that any one person can speak for an entire group of people that are classified solely by their skin color.
Scott most likely speaks for himself, the people of South Carolina, and last night, he spoke for the GOP.