Chaos on ‘The View’ Breaks Out With GOP Rep. Tim Scott – Crew Steps In

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When there is a strong Republican who happens to be black, the left will always try to pain him or her as racist or enabling racists as the left are always want to do.

Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, appeared on “The View” on Monday, and the tension quickly rose.

Scott’s speech about his 2024 presidential run set the tone for the rest of the program, but when Sunny Hostin challenged him to clarify “systemic racism,” he got into a verbal spat with her.

When Alyssa Farah Griffin questioned Scott on his upbeat message and his running on his life story of overcoming enormous difficulties to live the American dream, the conversation got going. Then, Hostin took control of the discussion and made an effort to argue with Scott about his positions.

Goldberg sought the crew for assistance when she was ordering Scott to stop talking so they could cut to commercial because the conversation had become so contentious at one point.

Here is a portion of the conversation’s transcript:

HOSTIN: “I am actually happy that you’re here. We — we — we have some things in common. You grow up — you grew up in a single-family household, single-mother household, I grew up with both of my parents but raised in the Bronx projects amidst a lot of poverty and — and — and violence. And you were the first black senator elected in the south since the reconstruction, that would be about — I think, about 114 years. Yet you say that your life disproves left—leftist lies. And — and —“

Scott: “Yes.”

HOSTIN: “— my question to you is, I’m the exception, right? You’re the exception. Maybe even Ms. Whoopi Goldberg is the exception but — but —“

HAINES: “She is definitely the exception.”

HOSTIN: “— but we are not the rule. And so when it comes to racial inequality, it persists in — in five core aspects of life in the U.S., economics, education, health care, criminal justice, and housing. At nearly every turn, these achievements were fought, threatened and erased most often by white violence. You have indicated that you don’t believe in systemic racism. What is your definition of systemic racism?”

Scott: “Let me answer the question that you’ve answered.”

HOSTIN: “Does it — or does it even exist in your mind?”

Scott: “Yeah. Let me — let me answer the question this way. One of the things I think about, and one of the reasons why I’m on the show is because of the comments that were made, frankly, on this show, that the only way for a young African-American kid to be successful in this country is to be the exception, and not the rule. That is a dangerous, offensive, disgusting message to send to our young people today, that the only way to succeed is by being the exception. I will tell you that if my life is the exception, I can’t imagine —“

HOSTIN: “But — but it is.”

Scott: “But it’s not actually. Here’s — here’s —“

HOSTIN: “It’s been 114 years.”

Scott: “Yeah. So — so, the fact of the matter is we’ve had an African-American president, African American vice president, we’ve had two African-Americans to be secretaries of state. In my home city, the police chief is an African American who’s now running for mayor. The head of the highway patrol for South Carolina is African-American. In 19 —“

HOSTIN: “Still exceptions.”

Scott: “— in 1975, there was about 15 percent unemployment in the African-American community. For the first time in the history of the country it is under 5 percent.”

HOSTIN: “It’s 40 percent homelessness —“

Scott: “And 50 percent of the folks —“

HOSTIN: “— of African-Americans, yet — yet 13 percent of the population.”

Scott: “You’ve got the chance to ask a question. I know that — I’ve watched you on the show that you’d like people to be deferential and respectful. So I’m going to do —“

When Scott attempted to respond to a query from Goldberg, the conversation dramatically changed.

Scott turned to face Hostin when she started to ask him a question, turning away from Goldberg, Sara Haines, and Ana Navarro in the process.

“That was me talking to you, so I’d love that, shall I come next to her?” Goldberg asked, leaving her chair to sit by Hostin. “Your back looks pretty damn good from here,” Navarro told Scott.

Scott continued to speak as Goldberg, who appeared to be having trouble sending the show to commercial, asked for assistance from the show’s crew.


Scott responded to Joy Behar’s assertion that he doesn’t comprehend racism by announcing on Saturday that he would appear on “The View” on Monday.

The Daily Mail reported at the time, “The African-American 2024 hopeful said he wanted the chance to respond to the claims.”

And it offers him a huge national stage to present himself as a different type of Republican candidate.

But he may miss out on the chance to go head to head with Behar as Monday is generally her day off.

‘I’m going on a view on Monday because I think it’s time for a conservative with a backbone to look those ladies in the eyes and say you do not have to be an exception to succeed in America,’ he told an audience of Republicans in Des Moines, Iowa.

‘You can be the rule and succeed in America. You see, I scare the dickens out of the radical left and Joe Biden. Proof of my life destroys their lies.’


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