Today, President Trump met with black Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) to discuss the deplorable comments that the President made after anti-racist activist Heather Heyer was murdered by neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the “Unite The Right” hate rally.
Trump refused to openly condemn the white supremacists during a rambling, off-the-walls press conference after the incident. In response, Sen. Scott condemned the president, saying that “what we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised… There’s no question about that.”
In an effort to try to repair President Trump’s image, he met personally with Sen. Scott in the White House – an event so “extraordinary” that it merited a press release and a photo-op.
The White House press staff decided that Trump meeting with an African American was extraordinary enough to merit a press release
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) September 13, 2017
WH releases photo of Trump meeting w/ Sen Tim Scott, saying in statement: "President Trump remains committed to positive race relations…" pic.twitter.com/lXpITsTmaV
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 13, 2017
It brings to mind the incredibly inappropriate on the campaign trail in which Trump announced: “look at my African-American over there!”
But Scott had more on his mind than just a photo-op. Instead of giving Trump the hand-holding explanation he usually gets, Scott schooled the President of the United States on the deeply entrenched nature of American racism and white supremacy.
Looks like today President Trump was trying to explain his Charlottesville comments & Tim Scott gave him a history lesson during meeting. pic.twitter.com/v8FpBMKgAb
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 13, 2017
Whether or not Sen. Scott’s words will have any effect on our intellectually lazy white nationalist president remains to be seen. It’s beyond depressing that a black Senator had to have this conversation with the racist old man at all.