South Carolina opposes the impeachment of Donald
reflecting a long history of the junior senator caping for a white
supremacist - who just incited a deadly U.S. Capitol insurrection -
in the White House.
is the time for Scott to do his job, hold this president accountable,
and decide exactly which side he is on.
the House impeaching Trump for a second time - this time for
in a 232-197 vote, with 10 Republicans voting with the Democrats -
the Senate will have a trial to decide whether or not to convict
Trump. On Jan. 12, a day before the historic vote, Scott made his
feelings about impeachment known.
Trump has eight days left in his term and has promised a smooth and
peaceful transition of power. The Democrat-led impeachment talks
happening in the House right now fly in direct opposition to what
has been calling for all year,” Sen.
impeachment vote will only lead to more hate and a deeply fractured
nation. I oppose impeaching President Trump.”
many ways, Scott sounds a lot like Sen.
who told Biden to reject impeachment because it would be
“destructive” and “will further divide the nation,”
and Sen. Susan
(R-Maine), who voted against impeachment the first time around,
justifying her decision by claiming Trump learned
“a pretty big lesson”
from impeachment. That makes sense if Collins meant Trump learned he
could give the green light for a Klan massacre at the Capitol to
overturn the election he lost.
Senator Scott knows his history, he knows that America had a coup
attempt similar to this one, and for the same reasons. In 1898, a
lynch mob of 2,000 white men waged a racial massacre in
The angry mob staged an insurrection against the city government, and
replaced the city’s Black and white elected leadership with
themselves. The purpose of the insurrection, in which hundreds were
killed, was to restore white power and white supremacy, and stop
Black folks from voting. And it was the only coup on U.S. soil -
Capitol insurrection, like the Wilmington insurrection, was all about
white people overthrowing the government and maintaining white power.
This time, it was for Trump, and about nullifying the Black vote that
elected Biden and Harris. And this is the man for whom Tim Scott is
lone Black Republican in the Senate has done some good for
underserved communities during his time on Capitol Hill. For example,
Scott Notification Act,
would establish a national database on police deadly force incidents.
The senator has spoken out about the racism and police
he has faced, along with threats,
and accusations he is a token “Uncle Tim” in the
championed the First
the criminal justice reform package for reducing recidivism and
helping transition incarcerated citizens back into civilian life.
Further, Scott has committed to investment in Opportunity
to combat poverty and create jobs in economically disadvantaged
the good work he apparently tried to do, Tim Scott voted to repeal
the Affordable Care Act, supported Trump’s Supreme Court picks
and voted for the tax cut. And he has toned down his language when
speaking about Trump’s racism.
pushed back too softly and gently against Trump when his president
called Black nations s***hole countries, and said there were “very
on both sides in the deadly 2017 white supremacist confab in
Charlottesville, Virginia. The senator said Trump “misspoke”
when he refused to condemn white supremacists in a presidential
debate with Joe
and criticized the president for retweeting a “white
video. Moreover, Scott compared Trump’s first impeachment to a
death row trial.”
Scott said some people “enjoy”
talking about systemic racism,
and declared “We are not a racist country. We deal with racism
because there is racism in the country… Both are true. They
are not mutually exclusive.” And at last year’s
Republican National Convention, Sen. Scott was carrying much water
for Donald Trump, claiming “our nation’s arc always bends
back towards fairness” and saying “Our family went from
Cotton to Congress in one lifetime.” He warned that Joe
“will turn our country into a socialist utopia,” and
proclaimed: “We don’t give into cancel-culture, or the
radical - and factually baseless - belief that things are worse today
than in the 1860s or the 1960s.”
people have lived in the Gullah Lowcountry of South Carolina since
around 1700. During the Civil War, my great-great-grandfather, Henry
escaped from the plantation in Pineville to Charleston with his
parents, a baby strapped on his mother’s back. They were part
of a group of self-liberating folks fleeing from the plantation
police. When Henry wouldn’t stop crying, his mother was
prepared to kill the baby, then herself, rather than risk being
captured by the paddy rollers. Thank God she didn’t have to.
2021, the police and the white mobs are still chasing Black people,
and white supremacy is still trying to kill us. This time, white
domestic terrorists threatened to overthrow the government and wage a
massacre under Trump’s direction.
there is much we have yet to learn about Jan. 6, we do know that
to a “Stop the Steal” organizer,
U.S. Reps. Paul
helped plan the rally-turned-coup. Unnamed lawmakers gave
of the Capitol to sketchy individuals the day before the siege.
were among the insurgents.
white domestic terrorists had Confederate and Nazi flags, a noose
at the Capitol and wanted to hang Vice President Mike
and kill Speaker Nancy
feared she would be kidnapped and assassinated. The mob found the
secret office of House Majority Whip
of South Carolina, who said it was an inside job, and someone removed
office before the attack. We are only scratching the surface.
according to Senator Scott, Trump wants peace, and impeachment is bad
for the country. What’s bad is Scott’s complicity in
playing the role of negro whisperer and providing cover for white
supremacists when they’re called out on their racism.
know that Black South Carolinians deserve better than this. By the
way, Senator Scott is up for reelection in 2022.
This commentary was originally published by The Grio