by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Hugo Gurdon of the Washington Examiner contemplates one interesting aspect of U.S. Sen. Ti Scott’s presidential bid.
Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) run for president should sharpen voter focus on Democratic racism. Scott is black and a conservative, two categories that the horrified Left believes cannot or must not overlap.
Democrats hurl the insults “racism” and “racist” at conservatives and their policies. It’s their weapon of choice in political argument, and they reach lazily for it whether they’re debating fiscal policy, medical outcomes, school admissions, or pretty much anything else. They claim racism is pervasive and is, indeed, America’s foundation stone, so the accusation always seems apt to them.
But their own racism is at least as ugly as what you find on the Right. Unlike Right-wing racism, Left-wing racism is not confined to the fringes but has been woven into the fabric of what it means to be a mainstream Democrat. Without it, just to take one obvious example, the displacement of “equality” by “equity” would be impossible.
Black conservatives suffer most from the Left’s racism, as has been brightly highlighted again recently by the latest Democratic attempts to smear Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas has endured a career-long trashing by the Left since 1991 when then-Sen. Joe Biden presided over the “high-tech lynching” that constituted Thomas’s confirmation hearings.
Most recently, news outlets and Democrats such as Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Sen Dick Durbin (IL) have mounted an attempted character assassination of Thomas by falsely accusing him of hiding hospitality from Harlan Crow, a real estate magnate. They also tried to taint them as fascists by feigning astonishment over Crow’s collection of memorabilia from historical tyrants, including Hitler. Crow is a passionate advocate of freedom over tyranny, no doubt a source of his lifelong friendship with Thomas, but this escapes mention in the tendentious stories and commentary of their accusers.