Politics Twitter stopped 'Uncle Tim' from trending, but no word if it will remove tweets
Sen. Tim Scott is expected to deliver a hopeful speech on GOP values
Sen. Tim Scott is approaching his moment in the national spotlight Wednesday night with a bit of mystery, humor, a pair of new socks and some relaxation with his mother. "Chilling. Normal things. Lots of ice cream and cookies and sitting on the couch, hanging out a little bit," Scott said of his preparations on Tuesday. "From my perspective, you figure out who your audience is, you figure out what you want to say, you try to find a way to say it well, and you lean into who you are.
Twitter blocked the phrase “Uncle Tim” from appearing in the platform’s trending section but has not answered whether users who used the derogatory phrase against Sen. Tim Scott will be banned until the tweets are deleted.
"I can confirm that we are blocking the phrase you referenced from appearing in Trends. This is in line with oura Twitter spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.
"We want Trends to promote healthy conversations on Twitter. This means that at times, we may not allow or may temporarily prevent content from appearing in Trends until more context is available. This includes Trends that violate"
'Uncle Tim' trends on Twitter as liberals slam Tim Scott after he says US 'is not a racist country'
“Uncle Tim” trended on Twitter after Sen. Tim Scott delivered a Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress. © Provided by Washington Examiner “Twitter is still out here going out of its way to make racist attacks against GOP Sen. Tim Scott go viral. Apparently they want him to suffer for the crime of upstaging Biden via a highly effective speech. Disgusting,” the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway tweeted of the trend. Twitter is still out here going out of its way to make racist attacks against GOP Sen. Tim Scott go viral.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment if it will ban users who used the derogatory phrase until they delete their tweets.
The term, which plays off the derogatory phrase “Uncle Tom,” was used by a surge of liberals on the platform Wednesday night to describe Scott and his speech declaring the United States is not a racist country. The tweets remain live as of Thursday afternoon.
“Tim Scott gets called Uncle Tom by progressives. But he’s an Uncle Tim,” former MSNBC host Toure Neblett tweeted, for example.
Tim Scott gets called Uncle Tom by progressives. But he’s an Uncle Tim.— Young Daddy (@Toure)
In his speech, Scott said, “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” and spoke in defense of Georgia’s election integrity law, which has been panned by liberals as disenfranchising black voters.
Tim Scott responds to racist attacks from the Left after Biden speech rebuttal: 'They are literally attacking the color of my skin'
Republican Sen. Tim Scott slammed the Democratic Party after liberals on Twitter hurled a racial slur at him following his response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress that trended on Twitter. © Provided by Washington Examiner “It has been an amazing morning with so many good people calling, but the Left has doubled down,” Scott said during a Fox News appearance Thursday after he gave the Republican response to Biden’s speech the night before. “They are not going to attack my policies. They are literally attacking the color of my skin. You cannot step out of your lane according to the liberal-elite Left.
"I'm an African American who has voted in the South all my life," he added. "I take voting rights personally. Republicans support making it easier to vote and harder to cheat."
The trending phrase comes after tech companies such asearlier this year for encouraging or inciting violence following the siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Google and Apple did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment on whether they are considering similar measures for Twitter following “Uncle Tim” trending.
Conservatives, meanwhile, have slammed liberals for using the phrase as well as Twitter for allowing the phrase to trend, including the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway.
“Twitter is still out here going out of its way to make racist attacks against GOP Sen. Tim Scott go viral. Apparently they want him to suffer for the crime of upstaging Biden via a highly effective speech. Disgusting,” Hemingway tweeted.
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Twitter is still out here going out of its way to make racist attacks against GOP Sen. Tim Scott go viral. Apparently they want him to suffer for the crime of upstaging Biden via a highly effective speech. Disgusting.— Mollie (@MZHemingway)
Scott also addressed the phrase on Thursday during a Fox News interview, calling it "upsetting" and "disappointing."
"It was upsetting, certainly, but it was so disappointing that those people who want to be respected and given the opportunity to live their lives any way they want to, they don't want the same thing for you and me, Steve. What they want for us is for us to stay in a little, small corner and not go against the tide that they think is America. Their America and my America aren't the same America, if, in fact, they think that discriminating is the fastest way to end discrimination," he said.
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were forced to run the media's "racist country" gauntlet. Don't answer dumb questions! Kamala Harris and Tim Scott Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images