I always try to listen to sane Republicans. But they’re fast going out of business as the neofascist Trump wing of the Republican Party gains power. One of those people is Frank Luntz.
Luntz is a Republican pollster and messaging guru. He’s a controversial figure because he’s the one who comes up with buzzwords to get the public to swallow Republican propaganda. He’s the genius who came up with rebrands such as “death tax” instead of “estate tax.” But like him or not, Luntz, who is now an Independent, realizes that the way you frame a message is as important as the actual message itself. And if there’s one thing that Democrats have a problem with, it’s selling good ideas.
Doing a recent interview with The New York Times’ Kara Swisher, Luntz said he considers Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.,) the lone African-American Republican in the Senate, as a potential 2024 presidential candidate. I laughed. Luntz might be a genius wordsmith, but he’s out of touch if he thinks Scott could win the Republican Party presidential nomination.
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President Tim Scott? No
Scott is a problematic figure for several reasons. Being the lone Black Republican in the Senate and one of few in Congress, he comes across as a token. You know, the Black figure that’s there just to show that the Republican Party isn’t really racist. But he sounds increasingly ridiculous and hypocritical. He keeps trying to convince us that the GOP isn’t a white nationalist organization when all their policies state the opposite.
Scott will never be put on the GOP presidential ticket. The best he can hope for is a cabinet post in a future Republican administration. The Republican Party isn’t going to make a Black man their standard-bearer; having President Barack Obama as commander-in-chief drove them insane.
Scott towed the party line by exonerating Trump from inciting the Capitol insurrectionists.
“The one person I don’t blame is President Trump,” said Scott during the second impeachment hearings.
But this is a common trend with Scott. He frequently denies the obvious, especially when it comes to race. He’s realized that to survive in the Republican Party, he must pretend that racism doesn’t exist. This is Republican dogma. When Missouri Rep Kori Bush brought up white supremacy in a speech in Congress, her Republican colleagues responded by booing. They didn’t even want to hear the word.
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Scott was recently given a national platform after President Joe Biden’s address to Congress. However, when I watched Scott, I got a sense of deja vu. We’ve seen this story play out before in the form of J.C. Watts, who served as a congressman from Oklahoma in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Watts was also a token. And like Scott, he was frequently used for photoshoots and they also gave him a platform to respond to President Bill Clinton’s State of the Union address.
However, Watts eventually quit politics because he was frustrated with the lack of progress in the Republican Party. Eventually, he ran into the glass ceiling. And the same thing is going to happen to Scott. He’s going to realize that the elevator only goes so far.
Scott will never be put on the GOP presidential ticket. The best he can hope for is a cabinet post in a future Republican administration. The Republican Party isn’t going to make a Black person their standard-bearer; having President Barack Obama as commander-in-chief drove them insane. The same thing goes for other GOP pipe dream candidates such as Condi Rice!
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Watts realized that back in the 2000s and the situation has worsened. That was before Donald Trump and his white nationalist administration that introduced us to Jewish neo-Nazi Stephen Miller and other neofascists such as Sebastian Gorka and Steve Bannon.
Miller wanted to stage mass roundups of undocumented immigrants and Bannon hobnobbed with Italian neo-fascists who are trying to purge their country of dark-skinned migrants. Trump will be remembered for saying he didn’t want to admit people from “sh*thole countries” such as those from Scott’s ancestral homeland. Although, judging by Scott’s past behavior and comments, I’m sure he wouldn’t admit any connection to Africa.
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Scott deals with this kind of rhetoric by pretending it doesn’t exist. He previously complained about being racially profiled by police officers and then he turned around and said that America wasn’t a racist country. According to news reports, Scott is holding up police reform because he doesn’t want to do away with unqualified immunity that protects cops from lawsuits.
FOX News commentator and token “liberal” Juan Williams pointed out the awkwardness of Scott’s political stance in a recent column.
“Scott has personal experience of being treated unfairly by police. By his account, he was stopped by police — including seven times in one year, without good reason. But even with that personal testimony, Scott could not get enough Republican support for a bill to increase police accountability,” said Williams.
Scott couldn’t even get his own party members to support his bill. Like other Republicans, they probably don’t think racism exists.
I respond to any future Scott presidential ambitions the same way I reacted to a Republican friend who suggested Watts could be a future president; with laughter.