Hawley slams Twitter response to Tim Scott 'Uncle Tim' trending topic: 'Glaring double standard'

Uncle Timbegan trending after Scott, R.S.C., delivered his Republican rebuttal to President Biden’s joint session address to Congress on Wednesday night.

推特, 经过近 12 hours of the phrase trending, eventually blocked the topic.


But Hawley, R-Mo。, slammed the social media giant’s response.

With that particular slogan, which is racist and grotesque, and it is meant to be racist and meant to be disgusting, and the people who are promoting it on Twitter know that,” Hawley told Fox News. “If it’s racism they attribute to other people, 他们说, ‘oh, this is the right, and they’re using offensive speech,’ they want to take it down immediately and want to lock out the people who are doing it, and that’s just speech they don’t like.

“这里, you have an overtly racist hashtag that is trending, and you have people promoting it and initially, Twitter does nothing,” Hawley told Fox News. “最后, the outcry gets so, so overwhelming, they have to be seen to take some sort of action.

他加了: “It just shows, 我认为, the incredible double standard. It is a glaring double standard.

它的. 乔什·霍利, a Republican from Missouri, at a hearing this past March.

它的. 乔什·霍利, a Republican from Missouri, at a hearing this past March. (Graeme Jennings/Washington Examiner/Bloomberg via Getty Images, 文件)

史考特, 谁是黑人, during his GOP response, declared the United States is not a racist country while saying he had encountered racism in his life. Some of it, 他说, came from the left in the form of being called an Uncle Tom,” a derogatory phrase for Blacks who are viewed as too deferential to Whites.

I get called Uncle Tom, and the N-word by progressives, by liberals,” Scott said during his speech.


After his rebuttal, “Uncle Timappeared on Twitter’s trending topics as more and more tweets relayed the racially charged play on his name.

A Twitter spokesperson told Fox News on Thursday morning the company wasblocking the phrasefrom appearing in Trends.

This is in line with our policies on Trends,” the spokesperson told Fox News, noting that the company wants Trendsto promote healthy conversations on Twitter.

This means that at times, we may not allow or may temporarily prevent content from appearing in Trends until more context is available,” 发言人说. “This includes Trends that violate The Twitter Rules.

Twitter explained to Fox News that Trends weredetermined by an algorithm and, by default, are tailored for you based on who you follow, your interests, and your location.

This algorithm identifies topics that are popular now, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter,” 发言人说.

史考特, 虽然, was not satisfied with the company’s response.

It is really disheartening to see the left’s response and frankly, even Twitter’s response to racism and racial slurs,” Scott said 上 “汉尼提” Thursday night. “If it comes from the left, it must be okay, according to Twitter’s response—12 hours later.

When asked why it took so long to block a phrase that violated its policies, Twitter declined to expand on its statement.

What the left wants, and what Twitter wants is to control speech they don’t like, every if it is not actually offensive,” Hawley told Fox News on Friday. “And anything that is actually offensive, that is against someone on the right, they’re happy to let it go on, without any sort of pushback at all.

He emphasized: “It is a glaring, glaring double standard.