Michael Goodwin: Tim Scott Won the 'Racism' Debate — 'Here's What Biden, Dems Can Learn'

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If you had the misfortunate of watching Biden’s Congressional address last week, my condolences — I didn’t watch a word of it. If you had the good fortune of watching South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s masterful rebuttal of Biden’s speech, well done.


As New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor Michael Goodwin put it:

“Given the shaky state of our union, Scott’s speech was the most valuable thing said in Washington this year.”

Throughout Biden’s depressing diatribe — I read most of the transcript — he continually put America down, while building up the (Democrat-controlled) federal government. Jimmy Carter, anyone? As Ronald Reagan famously said, “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

Well, America? Biden, Pelosi, Schumer & Co. want to “help you” — with a radicalized agenda and racial rhetoric that make Barack Obama look like Barry Goldwater.

In an op-ed posted to the Fox News site on Monday morning, Goodwin said the contrast between Biden’s speech and Scott’s rebuttal couldn’t have been more striking. As Goodwin laid out his case, he suggested there were “a few” things Biden and the Democrat Party could learn — not only from Scott’s speech but also for what happened in the aftermath.

Before we get to “racist America,” Goodwin quantified the reality of Biden’s radical agenda.


The many contrasts were striking. Biden talked America down by building the government up, painting 330 million people as hopelessly lost unless Washington takes more and more control of the economy and everyday life.

His plans for $6 trillion of spending and tax hikes are so far out of the mainstream that they are by definition radical.

Similarly, Goodwin noted, “Biden’s continuing refrain of ‘systemic racism’ is fundamentally at odds with his promise to unite the country.”

A reckless charge of racism might silence speech in college dorms, but coming from a president, it’s an intolerable insult to millions of people and fuels growing rancor.

Scott, the only black GOP senator, gracefully sliced and diced Biden’s remarks with a tone of disappointment, lamenting “this feeling that our nation is sliding off its shared foundation.”

He pushed back against the unaffordable price of Biden’s overreach and Democrats’ determination to ram the measures through Congress on party-line votes.

Scott offered contrast by noting how, with Donald Trump in the White House and the GOP holding the Senate, “we passed five bipartisan COVID packages,” with all five bills getting 90 votes in the Senate.

“Yet,” wrote Goodwin, and this is where he really began to filet Biden and the Democrats and their purposely divisive rhetoric:


It was on racial issues where Scott put Biden and the entire left to shame.” 

“I have experienced the pain of discrimination. I know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason. To be followed around a store while I’m shopping,” [Scott] said evenly before quickly adding: “I’ve also experienced a different kind of intolerance. I get called ‘Uncle Tom’ and the N-word by progressives, by liberals.”

He cited his efforts to get a police reform bill through the Senate after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, only to have Dems use the filibuster to kill it. Democrats, Scott said, “want the issue more than they wanted a solution.”

He called the practice of having children focus on skin color a new racism and said it was “absurd” for Biden to refer to Georgia’s new voting law as worse than Jim Crow.

“Hear me clearly,” he said. “America is not a racist country. It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”

As to Goodwin’s observation that Scott’s speech was the most valuable thing said in Washington, this year, he expounded: “In under 15 minutes, he made vastly more sense than Biden did in 65 minutes, while also outlining the case against the nihilistic attacks on America’s history, culture, and institutions.”



As important as Scott’s speech was, said Goodwin, it was what happened after the South Carolina Republican spoke that was most important. “The reaction on social media and elsewhere,” Goodwin observed, “confirmed everything Scott said about the left’s intolerance and bigotry.”

He was instantly insulted as an “Uncle Tim” on Twitter for saying America is not a racist country and, revealing its own bias, Twitter highlighted the offensive term for 12 hours.

This is the same left that is quick to label as racist anyone who doesn’t subscribe to its agenda. Yet here it is, actually using racist language against a Black man because he dares to disagree.

Joy Behar and Jimmy Kimmel, two White television personalities who previously wore blackface, scaled the heights of hypocrisy by mocking Scott’s heartfelt speech. Kimmel called Scott a token and Behar said he didn’t know what he was talking about.

The day after the speech, as the vitriolic bilge from the left continued, Scott again hit the nail on the head, describing it as proof that Blacks “cannot step out of your lane.”

Scott’s observation was “seconded” by Biden — astonishingly, almost a year before Scott actually made the observation — remember?

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”


Well done, Joe.

Here’s Where Goodwin’s ‘Teaching Moment’ Came for Biden and the Democrat Party

As anyone with a modicum amount of understanding of leftism in today’s America — including the Democrat Party — is aware, Biden’s “You ain’t black” blast was a perfect example of, as Goodwin put it, “your authenticity and legitimacy are recognized only if you behave in the way they say you should, based on your race, ethnicity or gender.”

There is only one accepted path, and those who disagree are stupid or racist or misogynist – and that includes Blacks, Latinos, Asians and women. No honest disagreement is acceptable. It’s either conform or we will ridicule and silence you.

This intolerance is the greatest threat to America and is turning public life into a nightmare. It makes the nation brittle by leaving no room for disagreement and offers no respect for those who differ.

Note my headline. I wrote, “Here’s what Biden, Dems, can learn” — not “will learn.” Michael Goodwin offered up the same admonition.

Will the Democrat Party of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris — not to mention the rabid, radical left — learn from the intolerance, politics of racial division, radicalized, alienating policies? What some see as the irreparable harm it has done — and continues to do to America?


The change in good people everywhere who, for the first time, in many cases don’t quite look at some of their neighbors like they used to? The misguided fear? The needless lack of trust? The false belief that resisting arrest by “racist white cops” is the best option?

In a word, I doubt it.

Even worse, here’s how Professor of African American Studies at Princeton and contributing writer to the New Yorker, Keeanga-Yamahtta T. sees it.

“Democrats want it both ways…they want to curry favor with the mov’t by decrying “systemic racism” while Biden claims no one is racist and Harris says the US is not a racist country…someone smarter than me please explain how all of this can be true???”

I got this one, Keeanga. It can’t be true. It’s all one big crock of Democrat crap.

During Sen. Tim Scott’s masterful, truth-telling rebuttal to Biden’s shameless speech, when he proudly and confidently looked straight into the camera and said, with all the conviction he could muster, “Hear me clearly. America is not a racist nation.”


Tim Scott was right. The leftists — including the Democrat Party — in the dark corners of their minds they don’t like to visit, know that.

That cannot happen, in their collective eyes. Truth must be stopped; lies must prevail. And they will continue to do their damnedest to make that happen, including their blatant attack on Tim Scott — AKA: “Uncle Tim” — who continues to dare to speak the truth.

Check out a few of RedState’s recent related stories:

WaPo’s Glenn Kessler Goes After Tim Scott Again, With the Same Bad Results

Black Americans Who Profited in a Country They Declare Is ‘Systemically Racist’

WATCH: Black Woman Takes Truth Blowtorch to Alyssa Milano, ‘Woke White Ladies’


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