The Washington Post’s fact-checker Glenn Kessler dug into Tim Scott’s family history to refute the Republican senator’s statements that his grandfather was an elementary school dropout cotton picker, and ended up proving that he was telling the truth.
Scott is set to deliver the Republican Party’s rebuttal after President Biden’s first speech to Congress on April 28th, and the liberal media is so desperate to discredit him, they published what would have been decried as a racist attack if Scott was on the other side of the aisle.
“Senator Tim Scott is not just one of the strongest leaders in our Senate Republican Conference. He is one of the most inspiring and unifying leaders in our nation,” commented Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY. “Nobody is better at communicating why far-left policies fail working Americans.”
In what is so clearly a hit piece, that commenters labeled the writer Glenn KKKessler, he attempted to disprove Scott’s assertions that his “family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime,” and his grandfather, “dropped out of elementary school to work in the fields and pick cotton.”
Kessler dug into the annals of history in an attempt to close the “gap in Scott’s narrative,” and here’s what he found:
Scott’s great-great-grandfather, Lawrence Ware, purchased 170 acres of farmland prior to 1918, like “some enterprising Black people” did “during the era of racial segregation to escape the perilous uncertainty of sharecropping.”
Scott’s great grandfather, Willie Ware, rented land most of his early life, presumably from his father. By the 1940 census, he owned a house and a farm during a time when “many Black farmers lost their land to foreclosure,” in the wake of The Great Depression. Kessler frames the family’s land ownership during the Jim Crow era as an indicator of immense generational wealth.
But records show Scott’s grandfather Artis was an unpaid worker on his father’s farm, who put in 55 hours a week after dropping out of elementary school by the fourth grade. At 21, Artis worked in a Navy shipyard at the Port of Charleston, “where job discrimination would have limited him to positions that likely led to poverty.”
While championing an “heir’s property” amendment in 2019, Scott commented that mother only retained five acres from Lawrence’s once sprawling farm.
Kessler concludes his findings with “The Pinocchio Test,” forgoing rating Scott’s statements about his family, presumably to save face, because the “fact check” expose proved them to be true.
Kessler’s past however is on he wouldn’t like discussed for purposes of this hit piece:
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— Matthew Walther (@matthewwalther) April 23, 2021