After Trump infamously defended “both sides” of those involved in the Charlottesville rally, Senator Tim Scott, the only African-American Republican in the upper chamber, said that the President’s “moral authority” was “compromised.” In a desperate attempt to smooth over his wholly self-inflicted controversy, Trump invited Senator Scott to the White House and duly misidentified him as “Tom Scott” in the photo.
The White House just sent out a photo of Senator Tim Scott meeting with President Trump. They call him, "Tom Scott." pic.twitter.com/8AkbmiNHTj
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 13, 2017
In his short time in office, Trump has already proven himself one of the most racist, xenophobic, and bigoted presidents in modern history. Between ending DACA, advocating for police violence, enacting a controversial Muslim ban, and shamelessly pandering to the most extreme members of his base, the President has few – if any – advocates who are people of color.
It is a testament to how seriously the White House took Trump’s meeting with Senator Scott, then, that they could not bother to even correctly identify him – a United States Senator in Trump’s own party – in an official photograph.
While Trump may have agreed to meet with Senator Tim Scott for a photo-op, here’s to hoping that the he was able to see through the President’s tepid attempt at walking back his own racist ideals that he has so blatantly advocated during his time in office.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.