Thursday night, history giant and student of current affairs Jimmy Kimmel, of late-night fame, decided to take a stab at ripping South Carolina GOP Senator Tim Scott after Scott delivered a rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address and insisted that America is not a racist country. Kimmel mocked Scott by pointing out that Scott is the only black GOP U.S senator and thus had no right to assume the GOP isn’t racist, taunting, “An amazing thing happened after the speech. Every black Republican senator got together to let the American people know the Republican party isn’t racist.”
Kimmel played a clip of Scott’s rebuttal in which Scott stated, “By doubling down on the divisions we’ve worked so hard to heal. You know this stuff is wrong. Hear me clearly. America is not a racist country.”
Kimmel mocked, “And then Tim promptly returned to the sensory deprivation egg he calls home. Senator Scott accused Democrats, in his rebuttal, of using race as a weapon, when the truth is we’re more concerned about people using weapons as a weapon. Race would be a terrible weapon. What would you do, melanin a person to death?”
How many of the 50 Democratic Senators are black? @JimmyKimmel on @SenatorTimScott: “Every black Republican Senator got together to let the American people know the Republican Party isn’t racist….And then Tim promptly returned to the sensory deprivation egg” #Kimmel (Answer: 2) pic.twitter.com/3OgrnZI87s
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) April 30, 2021
Kimmel, of course, ignored the fact that his party of choice, the Democratic Party, has a whopping total of two black senators, Cory Booker of New Jersey and newly-elected Raphael Warnock of Georgia.
As for Kimmel’s mockery of Scott’s contention that Democrats use race as a weapon, the clip he played was not where Scott referred to Democrats using race as a weapon; moreover, the clip revolved around Scott speaking of all Americans. Kimmel conveniently elided the statements Scott made immediately preceding the clip, in which Scott stated, “When America comes together, we’ve made tremendous progress. But powerful forces want to pull us apart.”
When Scott did indeed refer to race being used as a weapon, he was referring to Democrats and their attacks on the GOP as the GOP attempts to clean up elections. He said:
The state of Georgia passed a law that expands early voting; preserves no-excuse mail-in voting; and, despite what the President claimed, did not reduce Election Day hours. If you actually read this law, it’s mainstream. It will be easier to vote early in Georgia than in Democrat-run New York. But the Left doesn’t want you to know that. They want people to virtue-signal by yelling about a law they haven’t even read.
Fact-checkers have called out the White House for misstatements. The President absurdly claims this is worse than Jim Crow. What is going on here? I’ll tell you. A Washington power grab.
This misplaced outrage is supposed to justify Democrats’ sweeping bill that would take over elections for all 50 states; send public funds to political campaigns you disagree with; and make the bipartisan Federal Elections Commission… partisan! This is not about civil rights or our racial past. It’s about rigging elections in the future.
And, no — the same filibuster that President Obama and President Biden praised when they were Senators, that Democrats used just last year, has not suddenly become a racist relic just because the shoe is on the other foot. Race is not a political weapon to settle every issue the way one side wants. It’s too important.