Former House Representative Trey Gowdy was asked by Fox News’ Marth MacCallum about racial relations both in politics today and between individuals, like the teen who was castigated for standing up to a Native American elder.
Gowdy said that he is “stunned that folks can look into other peoples’ hearts. I’ve never tried to do it, I don’t assign motives to people.”
The former representative did, however, admit that the rhetoric coming from some Republicans is “indefensible” but that those who consider his party to be evil should remember that they are the ones who decreased unemployment across all cultural lines, and passed and signed into law criminal justice reform.
When asked specifically about the incident between a high school student from a Catholic school and the Native American elder who banged the drum in the boys face, Gowdy said, “I see what happens when the media decides to make something viral.”
According to Gowdy, the public and the media is fixated on conflict and problems between the two pollical sides and the media is feeding that narrative.
“They could have picked a lot of things that happened over this weekend, including lots of examples of my fellow citizens being kind and generous and considerate to one another, that just doesn’t go viral, it doesn’t make the news,” Gowdy said.
Gowdy admonished viewers to take a moment on “almost any issue that impacts our country, at least take time to get to know someone before you assign motives or assign what is in their heart” he said.
“I think it’s a sad reflection on where we are politically and media-wise that something like this would dominate the news cycle and not examples of my fellow citizens being considerate and kind to one another because that far outpaces anything like what was represented in that video.”