A Republican from South Carolina exposed one of the national capitol’s major media companies for spreading false and misleading details about his family history.
Sen. Tim Scott caught The Washington Post reporting what he considers ‘fake news’ about his ancestors’ financial situation.
Fact checker editor Glenn Kessler incorrectly concluded Scott’s family was not as poor as the senator suggested. The editor’s claim based this assumption on census data, showing the Republican’s great-great-grandfather Lawrence Ware used to own 900 acres of land in South Carolina sometime between 1870 and 1940.
“Our research reveals a more complex story than what Scott tells audiences,” Kessler reported. “Some enterprising black families purchased property as a way to avoid sharecropping and achieve a measure of independence from White-dominated society.”
However, the senator questioned the legitimacy of comparing his ancestors from more than 80 years ago to his first-hand journey “from cotton to Congress.”
“Just last week, a national newspaper suggested that my family’s poverty was actually privilege because a relative-owned land generations before my time,” he said in a video shared on Twitter.
Scott described the media coverage as a clear example of the ‘fake news media’ and Democratic Party failing to accept different views, beliefs, or behavior.
“I have also experienced a different kind of intolerance,” he said. “I get called ‘Uncle Tom’ and the n-word by progressives, by liberals.”
He made the remarks in response to President Joe Biden’s address to U.S. Congress. Senior Republicans had appointed the senator to deliver the GOP’s official response to Biden’s first speech since being sworn into office at a joint session of Congress on April 28.
Neither Kessler, The Washington Post nor the Democrats apologized for any harm caused at the time of publication. This prompted the Republican to conclude there is still a lot of reconciling to be done.
“Believe me, I know first-hand our healing has not finished,” he said.
He also accused the Democratic Party of preventing him from taking legislative action and participating in political debate about African American deaths in police custody.
“In 2015, after the shooting of Walter Scott, I wrote a bill to fund body cameras [and] last year–after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd–I built an even bigger police proposal but my Democratic colleagues blocked it,” he said. “I extended an olive branch [and] I offered amendments [but] the Democrats used a filibuster to block the debate from even happening.”
Scott recently received some support and praise from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former President Donald Trump.
“Senator Tim Scott is not just one of the strongest leaders in the Senate, he is one of the most inspiring and unifying leaders in our nation,” McConnell said earlier on Twitter. “I am glad he will be delivering the Republican address.”
McConnell recognized his fellow party member supports many policies the previous Trump administration championed during its time in the White House.
“Nobody is better at communicating why far-left policies fail working Americans,” McConnell said in a statement obtained by Fox News.
Scott has also been one of Trump’s biggest and most vocal supporters. He previously found no legitimate reason for anybody to find the former president guilty of ordering extreme protesters to storm the Capitol building on Jan. 6.