Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), told Fox News Monday night, Aug. 12, that Democrats are employing a tired, old strategy by calling President Trump a “racist.”
“Well, there’s no doubt that President Trump is not a racist, and the facts are very simple—that the same folks that voted for me voted for President Trump because President Trump made promises to the voters and he’s keeping the promises,” Scott said.
Scott cited not only the historically low unemployment rate among black Americans during the Trump presidency, but also Trump’s support for changes in the criminal justice system, “opportunity zones” to spur economic development and funding for sickle cell anemia research as presidential initiatives that benefit black Americans out of proportion to their numbers in the population.
“Without any question, look at his legacy, it will be his accomplishments in office, frankly helping, in many, many ways, African Americans,” Scott said. “President Trump has been able to deliver policies that have promoted, encouraged, and inspired growth in the African American community economically in a way that no president has done in the last 40 years. This president is not a racist.”
Republicans have accused Democrats of shifting the narrative to racism accusations against the president following former special counsel Robert Mueller’s panned testimony. Many Democrats are still calling for Trump’s impeachment.
The president has has also faced criticism recently following the the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio with his critics blaming his rhetoric for enflaming white supremacy.
Scott said Democrats are trying to avoid discussing a lackluster policy platform.
“If you were running on the left, would you run the Green New Deal? Would you run on the 70 percent new income tax? Would you run on a 4 percent wealth tax? Would you run on a financial transaction tax? No,” Scott said.
The senator called the racism narrative “tired.”
“Well you would run on some tired narrative that the president because he’s a Republican has to be somehow a racist,” Scott said. “It’s a different dimension that I don’t understand.”