Sen. Tim Scott the target of racist comments again — this time on his Wikipedia page
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, was the target of racist comments yet again.
But the South Carolina senator is not letting the haters get him down.
“Hitting me where it hurts...my wikipedia page,” Scott tweeted sarcastically just minutes after someone edited his Wikipedia biography Tuesday afternoon to include a range of racial epithets.
ScottBanks, the username of the person who made the bigoted changes, has since been blocked indefinitely on Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia where entries are created and edited by its users regardless of expertise.
A review of the user’s account history shows the digital editor had a propensity for making edits to the Wikipedia entries of two other high-profile African American politicians: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, who was recently under consideration for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security.
The user was blocked after their account was identified as a “vandalism only account.”
U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., tweeted in support of Scott minutes after the senator tweeted.
“This kind of mean-spirited/hatred is un-called for!” Duncan, of Laurens, said Tuesday afternoon.
For Scott, the hurl of racial slurs online is constant. On Feb. 8, Scott took to the Senate floor to read some of the racist tweets he received after he endorsed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“I left out all the ones that use the N-words,” he said after reading tweets for more than a minute.
In January, Scott shut down a racist tweet with a pithy one-word response.
The tweet, which has since been deleted from a Twitter account that has also disappeared from the Internet, called Scott a “house n----a.”
“Senate,” Scott tweeted back.
When Scott was sworn into the Senate in 2013, he became the first black senator to represent South Carolina since Reconstruction.