What happens when an accomplished man, who is African-American, is praised by President Donald Trump for his hard work and contribution? Just ask Congressman Tim Scott.
On Wednesday, as Trump stood at the podium following the passage of the Republicans’ major tax overhaul, he indicated that he wanted to thank all those standing behind him and pointed out several members of Congress who had gone above and beyond to insure that tax reform was passed.
Among those that stood out and were given an opportunity to approach the podium to say a few words were those you would expect to be recognized like Vice President Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
However, in addition, several female and male members of the House and Senate were invited to speak.
Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was one member who was given the opportunity based upon his respected contribution to the team.
Trump introduced Scott as follows:
“A friend of mine. A very, very special man, Tim Scott…Tim I’d like for you to say a few words. He came in and he would solve some problems…we weren’t looking too good a couple of times and Tim was really, really a tremendous help. Thank you, Tim.”
Scott who was standing beside Trump and Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) in the front row at the White House during most of the celebration, took to the podium to tell the American public and especially those poorer Americans, how the new tax reform bill was going to benefit them.
However, there was one man watching the legislators assembled on the White House steps who chose not to hear the accolades and gratitude spoken about Scott but instead focused only on the color of Scott’s skin.
Andy Ostroy who describes himself as a Huffington Post contributor and blogger, in a now deleted tweet wrote:
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) December 20, 2017“
Scott who no doubt hears comments like this on a regular basis because he chose to become a Republican rather than a Democrat (as no doubt many would have expected him to do because he is black), tweeted in response:
Uh probably because I helped write the bill for the past year, have multiple provisions included, got multiple Senators on board over the last week and have worked on tax reform my entire time in Congress. But if you'd rather just see my skin color, pls feel free. https://t.co/KLLNXqIZ3i
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) December 20, 2017
Scott who understands what it’s like to grow up poor and struggle reportedly worked tirelessly to insure that the Tax Reform bill would help those in a similar situation.
Scott tweeted on December 1:
“I grew up in a single-parent household, w/ a mom who worked 16 hours a day I know what it feels like to live paycheck to paycheck. I know what it feels like when you’re hopeless. I can relate, and I feel your pain. I see you. We see you.
I grew up in a single-parent household, w/ a mom who worked 16 hours a day I know what it feels like to live paycheck to paycheck. I know what it feels like when you’re hopeless. I can relate, and I feel your pain. I see you. We see you. #TaxReform
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) December 1, 2017
Now that’s the character of a man you can admire.
Ostroy later in the day, seemingly after some time to reflect, tweeted:
@SenatorTimScott, earlier I tweeted something that I now agree was unfair. Senator, I regret that tweet & apologize for it. There were many other ways I should’ve and could’ve made my point.”
.@SenatorTimScott, earlier I tweeted something that I now agree was unfair. Senator, I regret that tweet & apologize for it. There were many other ways I should’ve and could’ve made my point.
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) December 21, 2017
Those with character, like Scott, who work hard instead of trying hard to be noticed usually make a positive impact on others.
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