Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) went on Fox News on Monday night to fire back at MSNBC host Joy Reid after she called him a “patina of diversity” and a “token wrong.”
In an interview with host Trey Gowdy, Scott said that Reid had referred to him this way in an attempt to validate the so-called COVID relief package, which he called a “progressive payment plan.”
“Let me just say this on what you just said, woke supremacy is as bad as white supremacy,” Scott said. “We need to take that seriously. And to all those folks who oppose good common sense. Matthew 5:44 is still available to be read and read. But two the COVID relief package, let me just say this: It is not a COVID relief package. It’s more of a progressive payment plan because it pays everybody, it pays cities, it pays states, it pays prisoners. Think about this tree, California that is predicted to have a $19 billion surplus gets $40 billion out of the fund of $350 billion set aside for states that need help.”
“If you don’t need help, you shouldn’t get it,” he continued. “And why is the taxpayer, or why are all taxpayers funding and subsidizing blue states that have surpluses 1 percent of this bill, Trey? Well, 1% goes to vaccines, less than 10 percent goes to COVID relief. In other words, as Bernie Sanders said, this is the most progressive piece of legislation to pass the Senate since he’s been a Senator that says a lot when you make Bernie Sanders blush over progressive policies.”
This came after Reid said, “You’ve got to love Tim Scott standing there to provide the patina of diversity over that round of words, that basket full of words.” Caroline Anderegg, Scott’s press secretary, hit back by saying that the senator is “not a prop.”
“Unsurprising that someone like Joy would stoop that low–I guess that’s what you do in the absence of a substantive policy critique. The senator has been leading the fight against the misguided Dem wage hike for weeks,” Anderegg wrote on Twitter.