SEN Tim Scott has accused the "bigotted" Left of hypocrisy for "attacking the color of his skin" after the racial slur "Uncle Tim" trended on Twitter for 12 hours.
It comes as the Black Lives Matters movement has been slammed for staying silent on racist remarks made against the South Carolina rep on social media following his GOP rebuttal of Joe Biden's address to Congress.
Scott, who is the only black Senator, was hammered with abuse on Twitter as thousands of users took issue with him saying "America is not a racist country" and branded him "Uncle Tim".
The "Uncle Tim" slur is a wordplay off of the degrading original “Uncle Tom” – coined after the fictional slave character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel.
It has become a catch-all for African Americans who are “considered to be excessively obedient or servile to white people,” according to the official dictionary definition.
The insult rose through Twitter's popularity ranks as users ridiculed Scott and his political views, with one writing: “Uncle Tom… sorry, Uncle Tim is a very confused black man. America is not a racist society."
“I have experienced the pain of discrimination. Worse, he is from SC… yet to release #AndrewBrown’s execution tapes. #PresidentialAddress #JointAddress #BidenAddress.”
However, conservatives and Republicans defended Scott from the comments, with many questioning why the slur was even allowed to be said on Twitter in the first place.
Scott has clapped back at trolls, mostly attributing the comments to liberals, saying it has "exposed left-wing hypocrisy".
"It is really saddening to see that what the left is doing is fighting bigotry with bigotry," the Republican told Sean Hannity on Fox News.
"They have expose their hypocrisy and their true motivation.
"It has nothing to do with ending prejudice. It has everything to do with claiming or getting more power.
"I have never seen such power grab and using people in such a despicable way."
Meanwhile, the BLM movement has been criticized for staying silent and failing to condemn the attack on Scott.
One tweeted: "So what is it that BLM insists on staying silent regarding Sen. Scott? Doesn't fit their narrative?"
While another added: "The silence is deafening."
Scott also took umbrage over the incoming of personal attacks by what he characterized as an unaccepting "liberal elite left" during an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.
“Intolerance so often comes from the left with words like ‘Uncle Tim’ being used against me by the left, and last night what was trending on social media was ‘Uncle Tim,’” he said.
The vile trend came after Scott said the US "is not a racist country" and suggested in his remarks on Wednesday night that Democrats are wielding race as a "political weapon."
“America is not a racist country,” Scott said. "…race is not a political weapon to settle every issue the way one side wants.”
Scott spoke at length about race, even detailing racism he's personally experienced growing up as a black man in the South – from being unfairly discriminated against by police and facing racial slurs from liberals.
But he made the argument that it's just as racist to teach white children that they're an "oppressor", and called for children to stop being taught that the color of their skin defines them.
Twitter finally removed “Uncle Tim” from its Trends list at 10am on Thursday, National Review reported – some 12 hours after it started trending.
In Scott's rebuttal he opened up about how he had “experienced the pain of discrimination” and that he could empathize, for example, with what it feels like to be racially profiled while driving and being “pulled over for no reason”.
The 55-year-old also said he had been the repeated target of hurtful hate speech.
“I get called Uncle Tom” and the N-word — by ‘progressives', by liberals,” he said, according to the text of the speech. “Just last week, a national newspaper suggested my family's poverty was actually [a] privilege because a relative owned land generations before my time.
“Believe me, I know our healing is not finished.”
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