Kentucky’s African-American Attorney General spoke out against Democrats’ treatment of Black and minority conservative leaders in a recent bombshell interview.
Citing recent smear campaigns against Black Republicans such as South Carolina Senator Tim Scott – who in 2021 fell victim to an organized effort that saw Twitter users label him ‘Uncle Tim’ – AG Daniel Cameron slammed the behavior as unbefitting of a democracy.
The comments from Cameron come as the Republican – who has enjoyed a meteoric rise since assuming the state prosecutor’s seat in 2020 – looks to usurp Democrat Andy Beshear in the state’s upcoming gubernatorial race.
Speaking to Fox News, the 37-year-old Kentucky Native argued that instead of being pressured to fit a certain profile, elected officials should feel that they are being judged on the merit of their actions – not their skin color.
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Speaking to Fox News, 37-year-old Daniel Cameron argued that elected officials should feel they are being judged because of their beliefs, not their skin color
‘I think, for far too long, some Democrats have tried to ask folks that look like me to vote in one specific way,’ Cameron told Fox in an exclusive interview of the treatment he and some of his African-American colleagues have been subjected to for not adhering to the expectations of the mainstream left.
‘And if you don’t, and if you express a difference of opinion or thought, then they recoil at that, and they give you a lot of grief on Twitter and other social media platforms,’ Cameron said.
The televised sit-down saw Cameron – who appeared remotely from his office in Frankfort – further argue and that equal treatment for all the elected officials, regardless of party, is central to the fabric of the nation.
“I firmly and fully believe in the American spirit and the innovative spirit of the hardworking men and women all across this country,’ Cameron said, growing increasingly animated while speaking on the subject
‘In fact, I often talk about the role that common sense and fair play have played in the Republican Party.’
Citing recent campaigns against Republicans such as South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott – who in 2021 fell victim to an organized effort that saw Twitter users label him ‘Uncle Tim’ to the point where it was trending – Cameron slammed the behavior as unbefitting of a democracy
Cameron proceeded to use various instances from American history showing the accomplishments of various influential conservatives to illustrate his point.
‘It was common sense and fair play that told Abraham Lincoln that this nation couldn’t live up to its founding unless it got rid of slavery.’ Cameron said.
‘It was common sense and fair play that told Teddy Roosevelt that the financial health and interest of this country couldn’t just be held in the hands of a few in big business.
‘It was common sense and fair play that told Ronald Reagan that he had to get the thumbs of the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., off the backs of the hardworking men and women of this country.
‘Otherwise,’ the politician went on, ‘we were going to lose that patriotic and innovative spirit.’
Kentucky Attorney General Cameron has enjoyed a meteoric rise since assuming the state prosecutor’s chair in 2020, and hopes to usurp Democrat Andy Beshear in the state’s upcoming gubernatorial race
Rejecting such characterizations and praising the history of the Republican Party – Cameron touted how ‘common sense and fair play’ has benefited the party.
Judging elected officials on any other basis, Cameron said, would go against the very essence of American society.
‘Patriotism is important to the fabric of the commonwealth,’ the prosecutor continued, before airing his hopes to instill these beliefs in the people of his home state if elected in November.
‘We’ve got a lot of pride in this state — in our history — and we value the rights that are given to us by God,’ Cameron said.
‘I want to be a governor that recognizes and shares those values with the men, women and children of all 120 counties.’
He added: ‘I hope what I’ve demonstrated, whether in my time as running for attorney general and winning that race, or even now as I run for governor, is that here in Kentucky we don’t care what you look like, we care about your values.’
Cameron, a candidate hoping to unseat a vulnerable Democratic incumbent in this year’s election, made the comments as the GOP continues to make gains in communities that have traditionally voted Democratic.
His comments also come as conservatives of color continue to face backlash for not fitting restrictive political profiles laid out by depictions in the media or other politicians.
Scott, a black politician in nearby South Carolina, recently fell victim to such criticism on Twitter, for failing to adhere to certain expectations that come with his skin color.
In the spring of 2021, the politician was relentlessly compared to the racist ‘Uncle Tom’ trope that depicts black people as subservient after he defended the country as not racist after a speech from Joe Biden.
The campaign was so pronounced, that it was one of the top ten trending topics on the site for 12 hours, before eventually being pulled.
Scott, a black politician in nearby South Carolina, recently fell victim to such criticism on Twitter, for failing to adhere to certain expectations that come with his skin color
Bishop Talbert Swan: ‘Uncle Tim Scott has perfected the art of sycophantic bootlicking. He’s a master step n fetch it artist and cunning white supremacy apologist, who demonstrated his buck dancing skills in front of the entire world.’
In a now-deleted Tweet which he later apologized for, white TV personality Scott Nevins wrote: ‘Sen @TimScottSC is uncle Tom’ing it for his life. So sad. South Carolina should be so ashamed’.
Journalist Yashar Ali pointed out the hypocrisy of employing a derogatory racial term to make a point about race in America.
‘To the white liberals saying “but it’s true,” I can’t believe this needs to be said but this is not your term to use … your political beliefs don’t allow you to use terms like this.
‘My god do not allow politics to melt your brains like this.’
Scott, the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate, slammed the backlash at the time as racist, and criticized Twitter for allowing the racist phrase to trend on its site for so long.
Author Yvette Nicole Brown was one of many to slam the South Carolina with the racist phrase writing: ‘Uncle Tim lost me when he said Biden was dividing us after he had sat quietly while Tang destroyed this country for four years. #BoyBye’
Yale professor Phillip Atiba Goff said: ‘White people. Please do not use terms like Aunt Jemima, coon, and Uncle Tom. It’s gross and racist and not the thing you seem to think it is. Even if you live in Brooklyn. Especially if you live in Brooklyn’
Policy analyst Javon Price Flagsaid: ‘The fact that ‘Uncle Tim’ is trending on Twitter tells you all you need to know about the left’
Actress and author Yvette Nicole Brown, who starred in Community, said: ‘Uncle Tim lost me when he said Biden was dividing us after he had sat quietly while Tang destroyed this country for four years. #BoyBye’.
‘Uncle Tom’ is derived from an 1852 novel: It’s become an offensive racial caricature
The term Uncle Tom is derived from the lead character of white abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Uncle Tom is a gentle character, a smiling, wide-eyed servant who offered no resistance to the horrors of slavery.
Described as the most enduring fictional slave, he later became ‘synonymous with servility and self-hatred’, according to a 2008 NPR documentary Why African-Americans Loathe ‘Uncle Tom’.
According to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, the Tom caricature ‘is often old, physically weak, psychologically dependent on whites for approval’.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin sold over two million copies within two years of its publication.
Conservative writer Carmine Sabia: ‘Not stunned that Uncle Tim is trending because how dare even one black person not follow the Democrats like the Pied Piper. How dare Sen. Tim Scott have his own opinions and principles?’
Yale Professor of African American Studies Phillip Atiba Goff called out white people for using the ‘Uncle Tom’ without understanding how offensive it was.
‘White people. Please do not use terms like Aunt Jemima, coon, and Uncle Tom. It’s gross and racist and not the thing you seem to think it is. Even if you live in Brooklyn. Especially if you live in Brooklyn.’
After the backlash, Scott blasted Biden and the Democrats for ‘pulling us further apart.’
‘I won’t waste your time tonight with finger-pointing or partisan bickering. You can get that on TV any time you want. I want to have an honest conversation,’ Scott said.
Later in the speech he added, ‘Nowhere do we need common ground more desperately than in our discussions about race.’
Another instance of outcry against a black Republican came earlier this month, when Florida congressman Byron Donalds was labeled ‘a prop’ by far-left congresswoman Cori Bush of Missouri, after his nomination for the position.
With these instances in mind, Cameron slammed such treatment to Fox News, airing hopes to address such behavior over the course of his young political career.
Cameron is considered a rising star of the party and has been praised by political figures such as President Donald Trump for his handling of the highly publicized Breonna Taylor case.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot in her Louisville home in March 2020 when at least seven police officers from the city’s force illegally forced entry into the apartment.
Cameron’s grand jury indicted one of the three officers who fired during the March 13 raid, charging Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment for alleged wild shots that entered a neighboring apartment.
The other two officers were not charged, with the grand jury finding that their actions were justified after Taylor’s boyfriend first opened fire, striking one officer.
Celebrities including actress Viola Davis, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ creator and star Dan Levy, actor George Clooney, rapper Common, and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, meanwhile, panned Cameron for the decision.
The ruling saw Cameron get called out by Academy Award winner Davis, who called the outcome ‘Bulls***’ and ‘Scandal’ star Kerry Washington, who slammed the prosecutor while sharing a post by the ACLU.’
‘Today’s verdict is not accountability and not close to justice,’ Washington wrote, before criticizing Cameron for what she labeled a political maneuver meant to earn him a spot in Trump’s Supreme Court.
‘Daniel Cameron is on Donald Trump´s short list as replacement of #RGB on the Supreme Court. The same man who decided to not charge the officers responsible for killing #BreonnaTaylor. Vote.’
Levy wrote in a tweet that he was ‘Disgusted. Enraged. Heartbroken,’ over the decision, and encouraged his followers to donate to a bail fund for protesters in Louisville. ‘Please contribute if you can. Justice should not be a luxury,’ Levy wrote.
Clooney, a Kentucky native, said he was ‘ashamed’ of the grand jury’s decision.
‘The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions,’ Clooney said in a statement to Deadline.