On Monday afternoon, MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin invited on fellow cable host and leftist race-baiter Al Sharpton to attack Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott for daring to say that “America is not a racist country” during a response to President Biden’s address to Congress.
“Rev, let me ask you about something that’s made some news over the past couple days…you called out South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott for saying that America isn’t a racist country,” Mohyeldin mentioned to Sharpton during the 3:00 p.m. ET hour. Teeing up his colleague to scold Scott and exploit the death of a North Carolina black man during a police encounter, Mohyeldin asked: “What is your message to Senator Scott on the day of Andrew Brown’s funeral?”
Sharpton, who delivered the eulogy at Brown’s funeral just hours earlier, wailed:
The day of Andrew Brown’s funeral I say to Senator Scott, what are you talking about? Are you talking about Americans are not racist? Certainly not all Americans are not racist. But when you deal with the systemic racism in this country, from its inception to the inequality that is still there now, from levels of unemployment to education, to the criminal justice system, to mass incarceration, how can you say that it’s still not based on racism?
Despite being infamous for his own incendiary racial bomb-throwing, Sharpton had the audacity to lecture Scott: “So he needs to distinguish, what is he talking about? Is he talking about the American people or is he talking about a system that is still rendering unequal and unfair results?”
Rather than challenge the assertions of his fellow MSNBC personality, Mohyeldin simply thanked him for the partisan rhetoric: “Alright. Reverend Al Sharpton, thank you, again, for joining us with your insights. Always appreciate it, Rev.”
Over the weekend, on his Saturday edition of PoliticsNation, Sharpton also took time to rip Scott, noting: “Republicans gave their only black senator, Tim Scott, of South Carolina, the tough job of responding to the president, and he couldn’t remain consistent in his criticisms.”
After playing soundbites of Scott recalling individual instances of discrimination while also stating that “America is not a racist country,” Sharpton cynically pretended that it was impossible for both things to be true: “Unless Scott was followed and discriminated against somewhere else, it seems like he was describing his own experiences of racism in this country. Then contradicting himself just moments later.”
Somehow on MSNBC it’s more controversial for a Republican Senator to defend the country against accusations of racism than it is for a professional charlatan like Sharpton to exploit racial divisions.