McCain, meanwhile, took aim at the Twitter response to Scott’s comment, saying it “literally ruined” their night.
The women of “The View” on Thursday kicked off the show by addressing not only President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress, but also Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s Republican response.
While Biden addressed the issue of white supremacy in his speech, calling it a national terrorist threat to be taken seriously, Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, responded by stating that “America is not a racist country” and said that I thought it was. It is wrong for someone to “use our painful past to dishonestly shut down discussions in the present.”
“What country does Tim Scott live in?” Whoopi Goldberg asked at the beginning of the conversation, before all the co-hosts chimed in with their opinions.
Joy Behar was the first and said she did not think Scott understood the difference between “a racist country and systemic racism.” He said that even if the majority of Americans are not racist, “we live in a country with systemic racism” and that issue should at least be recognized. “The fact that Tim Scott can’t recognize this is shocking.”
Sunny Hostin, meanwhile, said she was “really happy” to hear Biden call for white supremacy during his speech, praising him for acknowledging the threat he poses.
“I was very disappointed that Tim Scott used these buzzwords as socialism, saying that white children should not be taught about racism because it makes them feel like oppressors, I was disappointed that he said that America is not a racist country without also speaking of the systemic racism that is ravaging this country, “he continued.
He also said that he believed Scott was chosen to give the rebuttal. because he is the only black Republican senator. “I was disappointed that they used it in this way,” he added, “and did not take the opportunity to address this issue head-on.”
After a commercial break, McCain was awake, and she had a very different view of the situation. First, she said she was “really disappointed” with Biden’s speech, saying it made him sound more of a progressive than the centrist that she and other Republicans expected him to be. “The answer to every problem in America is to write a check and ruin my entire generation in the process,” he added, something Whoopi brought up again (more on that in a minute).
As for Scott, McCain said she is a “huge fan of him” and called him the “bright future of the Republican Party.” Rather than address her comment on racism like the rest of her co-hosts, she condemned some of Twitter’s reaction to her comments.
“In response, he was trending on Twitter, calling himself Uncle Tom and Uncle Tim, which many Americans consider a racial slur,” he said, lighting up as he spoke. “So it’s okay to be racist and use racist slurs against black men as long as they are Republicans. I dislike the response to him.”
“Hit him in politics if you have political problems with him, but the way he’s talked about, the way he’s disrespected, don’t talk to me about microaggressions with race in this country, don’t talk to me about the problems that we have racism in this country when it’s okay to talk and treat a black man in this way who happens to be the most famous black Republican senator in the country, “he continued.
“It’s okay to treat it that way, it’s okay for Twitter to let it trend for 11 hours, which is supposed to go against their policies and standards. I don’t think it would have happened if I was a Democrat,” McCain added. . “It hurt so much, it upset me, and it saddened me. It literally ruined my night and ruined my morning because of it. I’m so grossed out by all of this.”
She then said that she and many others had nothing but support and love for Scott, saying he did a “fantastic job” adding that he should run for president … and not Nikki Haley.
After another break, Whoopi addressed many of McCain’s comments, although she did not mention her directly.
“One of the things that bothered me is that people say, ‘Well, if this is how you’re going to act with a man, you shouldn’t talk about racism,'” he began, basically reiterating what McCain had just said. . “Well, you should because we’ve seen it for four years targeting various people, various types of people. So racism is alive and well in this country.”
“So as we talked about these things, it would be nice if he could have said, ‘You know what? I don’t think the country is completely racist, but we have some problems that we have to deal with,'” he said. he added, before also responding to McCain’s comments about how much some of Biden’s plans will cost.
“I don’t remember people going crazy over the fact that our deficit grew by $ 2 trillion with You Know Who. He said he was going to eliminate the nation’s debt, which grew 39% with him,” Goldberg said. .
“Yeah, someone is going to have to clean up this mess and it’s a mess. Whether it’s a Republican mess, a Democratic mess, it doesn’t matter, it’s a mess for the American people and all I care about is finding a way to clean up.” he continued. “Somewhere there is a disconnect, but I prefer someone to start talking about this country as a country of people, people who have some problems that we have to fix with everything we have to do and we have to do it now, otherwise not you’re going to do it and we’ll be sitting here in 20 years complaining about the same thing. “
He ended the segment by adding, “In any case, we move on” and then he did.