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If there is anyone in America today who doesn’t know anything about the black experience, it would have to be the overprivileged white co-host of ABC’s “The View,” Joy Behar.
But that didn’t stop her from lecturing black Americans, and in particular black conservatives, about the issue in a segment of the show on Tuesday in the context of South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott announcing this week he is running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
“[Tim Scott’s] one of these guys who, you know, he’s like Clarence Thomas, black Republican who believes in pulling yourself up by your bootstraps rather than, to me, understanding the systemic racism that African Americans face in this country and other minorities,” she said.
“He doesn’t get it, neither does Clarence. And that’s why they’re Republicans,” she added (see video below).
Having served as a United States Senator since 2013, Scott eloquently highlighted the significance of the American dream by recounting his personal journey from poverty to a position of influence during his announcement.
Drawing inspiration from his family history, he particularly focused on his grandfather’s upbringing in the segregated South, where he faced adversity and began working at a young age. By sharing these experiences, Scott underscored the importance of resilience and determination in overcoming obstacles and achieving success.
But Behar is the one who doesn’t get it, as Trending Politics noted:
Behar’s comments not only perpetuate a stereotype of black conservatives as being out of touch with their racial reality, but they also imply that all black people should think and vote a certain way—a notion that is not only offensive but also flies in the face of the diversity and individuality that should be celebrated within any racial or ethnic group.
Despite the hardships, Scott highlighted the belief in the inherent goodness of America that had carried his family through. He used his story to underscore that the potential for transformation and success existed for everyone in America.
Clarence Thomas, the second African American to serve on the Supreme Court and a figure of significant influence and success, was also targeted by Behar’s comments. Her comparison of Thomas was a thinly veiled attempt to undermine and ridicule conservative ideologies and values, especially those held by black conservatives.
Even former President Donald Trump, whom Scott is challenging for the nomination, praised his entrance into the race.