Former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) continues to voice his political opinions as a Fox News Channel personality, as he did recently during an on-air response to a host on rival network MSNBC.
During a recent segment of Fox News Primetime, Gowdy rebuked Joy Reid over an attack on his friend and fellow South Carolina Republican, Sen. Tim Scott.
“Patina of diversity”
Although progressives tend to portray themselves as open-minded and tolerant of diverse opinions, Reid proved that those with different ideological beliefs or who do not fit in preconceived boxes are open to vicious insults from the left. The MSNBC host recently belittled Scott, a Black Republican, as simply a “patina of diversity” for an otherwise overwhelmingly white GOP.
Following a clip showing remarks by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) in opposition of increasing the federal minimum wage, Reid told her audience: “You gotta love the, uh, Tim Scott standing there to provide the patina of diversity over that round of words, that basketful of words.”
The clip from her show was later shared by Scott’s press secretary.
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For his part, Gowdy spent a portion of his stint as guest host taking on Reid over her racially divisive commentary and apparent ignorance regarding the senator’s character.
“A subject matter expert”
“For a party and a media that claim to love civility in public discourse, and rooting out the hot political rhetoric and finding some unity, she has a really weird way of showing it,” Gowdy declared.
He went on to insist that if “Reid knew anything about Tim Scott, she would understand full well why he would be participating in a press conference on the minimum wage” and is “frequently front and center in major policy debates in Washington.”
Scott worked diligently to become an “expert” on tax reform and, as a former business owner, fully understood the impact a minimum wage hike would have on small businesses, Gowdy added.
He noted that it was perfectly fine for Reid to express differing opinions, but said that “when she calls a United States senator who’s a subject matter expert a prop, a token, or a superficial covering, that’s personal and that’s wrong and she should be held to account.”
It was not Reid’s first brush with offensive rhetoric, of course. In 2018, she faced widespread backlash for old blog posts widely deemed homophobic.