MSNBC Host: Black Senator Tim Scott is a “Fool” for Being Republican, Needs to be Silenced

National   |   Brad Wilmouth   |   Mar 17, 2021   |   9:32AM   |   Washington, DC

On The Sunday Show, MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart demonstrated a repugnant, vile, and a frankly racist hostility that some liberals feel toward black conservatives as he closed his show by decrying South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R) as a “fool,” suggesting that he is a black man who should be silenced because, in Capehart’s mind, he’s given aid and comfort to white supremacy.

The vitriol came in response to the South Carolina Republican responding to race-obsessed MSNBC host Joy Reid dismissing him as a “token” because he is black in spite of his experience and knowledge of critical issues.

At 11:54 a.m. Eastern, Capehart — who is also a Washington Post editorial board member and a newly-minted regular commentator on the PBS NewsHour — began his closing commentary:

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt,” the famous saying goes. During an interview on Fox News last week, Senator Tim Scott proved it to be true, to stunning effect. The South Carolina Republican didn’t like how our very own Joy Reid said his presence at a recent press conference with conservative colleagues gave it, “the patina of diversity.”

Capehart then teed up a clip from March 8’s Fox News Primetime by attacking Scott’s friend and stand-in host and former Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) as no more than “a Fox News malcontent.”

In said segment, Gowdy had played a soundbite of MSNBC’s ReidOut host Joy Reid suggesting that Republicans only included Senator Scott in a recent press conference because he is black to give it a “patina of diversity.” After Gowdy called on him to respond, Scott insisted: “Woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy. We need to take that seriously.”

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What Capehart didn’t mention was that Gowdy also played a clip of Reid from several years ago calling Scott a “token,” or Gowdy’s explanation that Scott was included in the press conference (which was about taxes) because he is one of the Senate’s leading experts on the issue.

Capehart reacted with nothing but disgust as he started unspooling his argument about Scott being a betrayal to his race, arguing that “white supremacy” in the U.S. results in African Americans being “viewed with suspicion and being held at the bottom of the social order no matter our education or the state of our finances.”

The MSNBC host then invoked the Capitol Hill riots and several high-profile examples of white women being recorded calling the police unjustifiably on black Americans before concluding his commentary by denouncing Scott as racially insensitive. He added that Scott should speak to black families that have experienced such a loss at the ends of “white supremacy” (which Capehart used as a stand-in for police)

I defy Senator Scott to ask the families of those murdered in that 2015 slaughter if something as ridiculous as woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy.

I defy Senator Scott to ask the families of those murdered in that 2015 slaughter if something as ridiculous as woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy. I defy him to ask the families of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Elijah McClain, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, Atatiana Jefferson, Daniel Prude, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, to name a few, if the pernicious power of white supremacy contributed to the loss of their loved ones.

Tim Scott has nothing to say to them. Given his track record, this is one time a black man’s silence is golden, lest he prove himself a fool again.

I’m Jonathan Capehart, and this has been The Sunday Show.

Capehart deserved a pants-on-fire ruling for this nonsense. Scott has not only spoke out on many of these shootings (meaning Capehart should try using Google), but he has repeatedly paid tribute to those lost in the church shooting. Worse yet for Capehart’s strawman, Scott knew the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney and even texted him to ask if he had survived the shooting.

On Fox News Primetime, host Gowdy had explained the practical reasons why Scott had been included in the press conference for his expertise, demonstrating that it was MSNBC’s Reid who prejudicially dismissed the South Carolina Senator’s qualifications because he is black. Note: Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst for the Media Research Center and a graduate of the University of Virginia. This column originally appeared on the NewsBusters web site and is reprinted with permission.