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Sunny Hostin, a co-host on's The View, said South Carolina Senator Tim Scott was "used" by in the GOP rebuttal to President 's address to on Wednesday
"Why was he chosen to give this rebuttal?" Hostin asked on the talk show. "He was chosen because he is the only Black Republican senator. He is that person. He is the person that Republicans want to put out front because of the problem of racism in this country and he knows that."
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.
"So, I was sort of disappointed he was used in this way and didn't take that opportunity to address this type of issue head on," she said on Thursday.
Scott was tapped by GOP officials to make the counter speech on behalf of the congressional Republicans on Wednesday night. In his remarks, the senator discussed being a Black man in from the South and described facing a different type of intolerance for pushing back on the idea of systemic racism.
"Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country," Scott said.
His remarks were criticized by those on the left, who accused the senator of being an "Uncle Tom," a derogatory term used to describe Black Americans who are complicit in their own oppression.
Sen. Tim Scott responds to Biden speech: 'America is not a racist country'
The Republican Party put forward one of its most ascendant and interesting figures to respond to President Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday, giving Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina the microphone. In a speech that clocked in at just under 15 minutes, Scott portrayed President Biden as someone who “seems like a good man” but is nonetheless dividing the nation by pursuing major legislation like the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill in March without Republican support. Scott argued that the Biden administration’s accomplishments in fighting COVID-19 were largely due to efforts made in the Trump presidency.
"I was very disappointed in Tim Scott saying that—using these buzzwords like 'socialism,' saying things like you shouldn't really teach white children about racism because it makes them feel like oppressors. That's sort of this Republican ideology right now" Hostin said. "I was disappointed that he said America is not a racist country without also talking about the systemic racism that is plaguing this country."
But the co-host's remarks also faced their own backlash from conservatives, who defended Scott for the address.
Mark Hemingway, senior writer at RealClearInvestigations, tweeted: "'He was used this way'? Tim Scott is an honorable man and sincere in his beliefs. Nobody tells him what to do. It's amazing how liberals just get away with patronizing black conservatives."
Jim Treacher of conservative outlet PJ Media wrote: "A black man doesn't have a mind of his own unless he agrees with you?"
'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.
On Thursday, Hostin praised Biden for addressing the issue of racism in the country, but wished he spoke more on student loan forgiveness.
"I was also really happy that he called out white supremacy," she said. "He clearly said that white supremacy—that our intelligence agencies have determined that white supremacy is terrorizing our country and that is just the truth of it."
During his address to Congress, the president identified white supremacy as a domestic terror threat, saying, "We won't ignore what our intelligence agencies have determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to our homeland today: White supremacy is terrorism."
Newsweek reached out to Scott's office for comment, but did not hear back before publication.
Gary O'Connor, Texas Democrat Who Called Tim Scott an 'Oreo,' Announces Resignation .
Use of the "racist term" was "insensitive, and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use," O'Connor said Tuesday."I am deeply and sincerely sorry for my inappropriate and hurtful use of racist term I used to describe Sen. Tim Scott on my personal Facebook page," he told the Washington Examiner in a statement. "It was insensitive, and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use.