Rick Scott refuses to answer why 77% of Republicans will not condemn racism

Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) danced around a question that 77% of Republicans don’t think it’s important to condemn racism.

Rick Scott Dodge’s question on republican racism


Transcript via Face The Nation:

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right. As you know, there is concern that, given the opportunity to review it, you may be putting some of those programs at risk. But I want to go on to get you to answer something else that was in our survey and I think it’s important that you have a comment. Do you personally believe that it is important for political leaders, especially in your party, to condemn white nationalism? Because according to our poll, 75% of Democrats say it’s very important. Only 23% of Republicans say it is very important. Why do you think there is such a gap?

SEN. SCOTT: Well, clearly, we should all condemn any hatred. We should condemn any white supremacy. We mean that we have to understand how to be together. I think we need to stop all this racial politics and the plan I presented to Rescue America.com I said, we need to stop asking people on government forms about the color of their skin. We should judge people by their character, not by the color of their skin. So, we need to understand how to bring people together.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So, would you tell all the Republicans in the Senate running for the elections that they must, each and every one of them, condemn white nationalism?

SEN. SCOTT: Well, I tell people what I believe in. And, you know, every Senate candidate on either side will decide what’s important to them and what’s important to the citizens of their state …

MARGARET BRENNAN: But you would recommend them – you think –

SEN. SCOTT: But I can tell you I’m clear.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So, the answer is yes?

SEN. SCOTT: Oh, if they asked me, I’d say I’m clear. To be clear. I mean, we don’t believe – none of us – I think no American should believe in white supremacy or hatred of any kind. I mean, it’s wrong.

Republicans don’t condemn racism and white supremacy because they believe it

The party that hears about the Great Theory of Substitution from Tucker Carlson hundreds of times it has become a haven for domestic terrorist cells and right-wing extremists.

The answer Scott didn’t want to give is that Republicans have been told that their racism is part of their traditional beliefs.

It has been proven time and again that a Republican defying Trumpism loses votes and elections within the Republican Party. Scott had no intention of telling Republicans to abandon racism, so he danced around the issue and in the process highlighted the problem of racism in the Republican Party.