BUZZ: Sen. Tim Scott fires back about NAACP leader's comments
01/22/2014 3:13 PM
01/22/2014 3:47 PM
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston, went on Fox News to combat comments by a NAACP leader who said the state's first African American U.S. senator was a puppet of the Tea Party.
"We're not talking any longer about standing up for the rights of a racial minority," Scott told anchor Megyn Kelly. "We''re now talking about finding a way to have a conversation about philosophical bigotry."
Tim Scott talks about comments against him by a NAACP leader
The Rev. William Barber II, president of the N.C. NAACP, told a Columbia gathering on Sunday:
“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy. ... (T)he extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator ... and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”
Barber did not back down from his comments during an appearance on CNN.
"We should not have elected leaders who are articulating and echoing the positions of the far-right and the extreme," he told anchor Don Lemon.
Lemon asked Barber why he turned to name calling -- "You're basically saying (Scott) can't think himself."
"Who are you speaking for when you seek to deny people health care? Who are you speaking for when you applaud the dismantling of voting rights?" Barber asked.
NAACP N.C. President William Barber on CNN
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