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'The View's' Astounding Ignorance of Justice Clarence Thomas

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Another week has gone by with at least one member of ABC's "The View" completely debasing themselves through ignorance and stupidity. The ladies at the table, planted in a New York City studio, are repeat offenders, but this week's tirade was notably unhinged. 

"He's one of these guys, like Clarence Thomas, black Republican, who believes in pulling yourself up by your bootstraps rather than understanding the systemic racism that African Americans face in this country and other minorities. He doesn't get it. Neither does Clarence. That's why they are Republicans," "The View" co-host Joy Behar said in response to U.S. Senator Tim Scott's 2024 presidential announcement this week. 

Joy Behar claims Senator Tim Scott, Justice Thomas and others like them "don't get" what it means to be a black man in America. As if she does? Whatever that may mean, Behar truly believes she has a better understanding of it than Scott or Thomas, proving how uneducated she is. 

"I was raised in a single-parent household in North Charleston, South Carolina. My mom worked 16-hour days to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. I got my first job, changing oil at a gas station, when I was 13. And I wouldn't ask for it to be any other way," Scott, who grew up in the South where his grandparents lived under Jim Crow, said during his presidential announcement. 

"My family went from cotton to Congress in his lifetime," Scott added. "Today, I am living proof that America is the land of opportunity and not a land of oppression." 

Justice Clarence Thomas, while two decades older than Scott, has a similar story of grit and determination after an extremely humbling and impoverished upbringing. 

"I am descended from the West African slaves who lived on the barrier islands and in the low country of Georgia, South Carolina, and coastal northern Florida," Thomas wrote in his memoir "My Grandfather's Son." "When I was a boy, Savannah was hell. Overnight I moved from the comparative safety and cleanliness of rural poverty to the foulest kind of urban squalor. The only running water in our building was downstairs in the kitchen, where several layers of old linoleum were all that separated us from the ground. The toilet was outdoors in the muddy backyard. The metal bowl was cracked and rusty and the wooden seat was rotten. I'll never forget the sickening stench of the raw sewage that seeped and sometimes poured from the broken sewer line." 

"When I was six I wandered streets by myself, we were hungry and didn't know when we would eat," Clarence explained in the documentary "Created Equal," explaining how he was raised by his grandparents so his single mother could work. 

Even with a difficult upbringing in America, Thomas and Scott understand the beauty of the American Dream, despite the flaws of its citizens, laws and the past. They have lived the promise of the United States and know it's available to everyone, regardless of upbringing, class status or race. 

Deranged, bitter, woke women like Joy Behar are offensively uninformed. If Behar isn't ignorant of both Scott and Thomas' upbringing, then she's simply a grandstanding liar. Unfortunately for her, Justice Clarence Thomas, Senator Tim Scott and other black conservatives are unbothered by her pathetic attempts to punch up. 

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