Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fiercely defended Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) after an NAACP leader called him a ventriloquist’s dummy.
“The NAACP’s attacks on Senator Tim Scott illustrate the anger and increased intolerance of the political left. Having falsely staked the claim of ’embracing diversity,’ we see another example of the left’s ‘tolerant hug’ excluding those who do not subscribe to their liberal agenda,” Palin wrote on Wednesday. “It’s not personal. It’s not racist. It’s not mean spirited. It’s COMMON SENSE to NOT subscribe to their failed liberal policies that lead to dependence on an unstable and bankrupt government.”
She noted that “Scott was raised by a single mother, started working at age 13, faced challenges through school, and then met a mentor – a local Chick-fil-A operator – who taught him how to ‘think your way out of poverty.'”
“With that, and strong work ethic, Tim’s commonsense conservative roots took hold. Tim became a successful small businessman, Congressman and U.S. Senator,” Palin wrote. “He is an honorable man who judges people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, and seeks the same for himself.”
Palin urged Americans to “take a stand” and “help leaders like Tim Scott get re-elected in 2014. We need more strong leaders who, like Tim, are conservative because they’ve learned from life experiences, not poll-driven messaging, what works for our great country.”
“With too many purposefully dividing America on the basis of race and gender, it’s imperative that we who strive for a truly United States, under God, take a stand!” Palin wrote. “Don’t be afraid to call out hypocritical double standards applied to independent Americans who are continually falsely accused of discrimination and intolerance. Playing small and timid in this era of potentially great progress towards American solidarity helps no one.”
Palin not only endorsed Scott in his primary in 2010 to push him to the GOP nomination but also suggested that he would be a strong choice to replace Sen. Jim DeMint after DeMint announced his resignation from the Senate to head the Heritage Foundation. Scott is the first black U.S. senator from the South since Reconstruction and said he was a victim of “philosophical bigotry” because the institutional left is afraid of conservatives like him who are willing to empower and embrace Americans in poverty whom liberals have failed and left behind.