“The View” co-host Joy Behar lectured South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on racism, saying neither men “understand” what racism is.
Scott announced Monday in Charleston, South Carolina, that he was joining the growing field of Republican contenders for the 2024 nomination and criticized President Joe Biden on the economy, national security and education. Scott also released a campaign ad slamming victimhood mentality, saying “today’s kids are growing up immersed in a culture where everyone’s a victim.”
“The View” then played a clip from a recent NBC interview with Scott in which he spoke optimistically about the nation and his run.
“Isn’t he professor positive? Unlike Trump, everything is bad, there’s a doomsday, he’s more like Reagan-esque, ‘Morning in America,'” Behar said. (RELATED: Leftist Reporter Jessica Washington Says Tim Scott Invoking ‘Welfare Queens Nostalgia’ To Pander To Base)
“He doesn’t say he’s pro-choice exactly, although he did say he would vote for anything they put on the table, the Republicans. So He is not pro-choice. And he’s one of these guys, who you know, like Clarence Thomas, a black Republican, who believes in ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps,’ rather than to me, understanding the systemic racism that African Americans face in this country and other minorities. He doesn’t get it. Neither does Clarence. And that’s why they’re Republicans.”
Alyssa Farah Griffin then chimed in, adding that while she would vote for Scott, former President Donald Trump is currently unbeatable in the polls.
Thomas has also come under fire for being a black republican, calling out the media in 2022 for their coverage of his race and politics. The Washington Post edited a passage of an article titled “Jim Clyburn saved Biden’s candidacy – and now has the president’s ear on Supreme Court picks,” that said Thomas “resembles the political thinking of a White conservative.” The outlet later changed the sentence to refer to him as a “Black conservative justice.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin once said it was “disrespectful” for Thomas to hold the seat that former Justice Thurgood Marshall held, while Behar said Thomas was “to the right of Attila the Hun” and accused him jeopardizing voting rights. Hostin responded by saying that Thomas “doesn’t really represent the black community” because of his conservative principles.
“The View” hosts also once accused Thomas of “not understanding diversity” due to his opposition to affirmative action.