MSNBC host Tiffany Cross blasted Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on Saturday after he declared that America is “not a racist country.” Cross called Scott a “token” and suggested Harriet Tubman — the woman who helped rescue slaves on the “Underground Railroad” — would have left Scott behind.
What did Cross say?
Cross made it clear that she was angry with Scott’s characterization of America, saying Scott — the lone black U.S. senator — has “no sense” and “sounded a stone fool” when he absolved America of being inherently racist.
That’s when Cross accused Scott of suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, a psychological connection that sometimes develops between victims of abuse and their abusers or captors.
“Tim Scott does not represent any constituency other than the small number of sleepy slow-witted sufferers of Stockholm Syndrome who get elevated to prominence for repeating a false narrative about this country that makes conservative white people feel comfortable,” Cross said.
Not only did Cross call Scott a “token” and claimed Tubman would have left Scott enslaved, but she also accused Scott of being “thirsty for white approval,” and suggested Scott is a “tap dancer” for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
There were so many contradictions in the senator’s speech that it was clear not even Scott believed the words he was speaking. I could go into great detail refuting each of his asinine points, but he did that for me.
And moreover, a lesson I’ve learned: Don’t argue with people Harriet Tubman would have left behind.
And sure, Tim Scott has spoken out about his encounters with law enforcement and he co-sponsored the anti-lynching bill in the Senate, but there are two sides to every token. So thirsty for white approval, this dude actually stood on the national stage to defend the voter suppression law in Georgia even though, as of last month, 361 bills were being introduced in 47 states to keep people who look like him out of the ballot box.
Cross went on to say that Scott “shame[d] the ancestors and appease[d] the oppressors,” and suggested he is the Republican Party’s slave by invoking the movie “Django: Unchained.”
“Please senator, say more about how unracist the country is while you trot out that tired line about going from cotton to Congress to clown,” Cross said. “Perhaps this was merely Sen. Scott’s audition to be Sam Jackson’s understudy in the film Django.”
What about Biden, Harris?
Cross did not denounce President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris, both of whom agreed with Scott that America is not inherently a racist country.
“I don’t think the American people are racist,” Biden said. “I don’t think America is racist, but I think the overhang from all of the Jim Crow — and before that, slavery — have had a cost, and we have to deal with it.”
“No. I don’t think America is a racist country,” Harris said, ‘but we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.”
Tiffany Cross Rebuts Senator Tim Scott’s Comments On Race in America | MSNBC