Sen. Tim Scott: 'This President Is Not a Racist'

By Susan Jones | August 13, 2019 | 5:54am EDT
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

( - Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told Fox News Monday night that Democrats are employing a tired, old strategy by calling President Trump a "racist," just as they've done to previous Republican presidents.

Since they can't run on the issues, Scott said, they're fear-mongering:

"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.


So without any question, you look at his legacy, it will be his accomplishments in office, frankly helping in many, many ways, African-Americans. Think about the fact that we've heard, we've all heard, about how low the African-American unemployment is, the lowest recorded in the history of the country.

But more importantly, a racist would never talk about criminal justice reform and how the benefits disproportionately help African-American men. President Trump signed that legislation into law. You would never hear a racist talk about Opportunity Zones and how he came onboard full throttle because he wanted to help poor, disadvantaged communities, most of them were consistently African-American and Hispanic communities.

You would not ever hear a racist -- never would you hear a racist talk about providing more research authority, more resources, towards the sickle cell anemia, a disease that impacts disproportionately African Americans in this country. And yet President Trump signed that legislation.

What you do smell -- not hear, but smell -- is fear. What you smell is fear on the left. They have been consistently using the race card every single time there's a presidential run. You'll hear, John McCain, racist. Mitt Romney, racist. Ronald Reagan, racist. George Bush, racist. W, racist.

Why do they continue to find that narrative? Because they understand that the lowest common denominator in politics is fear and division. 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.

President Trump said last week the Democrats are showing how 'desperate" they are: "They call anybody a racist when they run out of cards," Trump said.

Scott agreed:

"And look, if you were running on the left, would you run on 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. What else would you run on?” Scott asked.

"Well, you would run on some tired narrative that the president, because he's a Republican, has to be somehow a racist. It is inconsistent with reality, it's a different dimension that I don't understand, and frankly, the more you use the concept of racism, the more we grow 'ism fatigue' in this country, and that is a terrible place for us to be.

"And so the greatest threat by over-using racism is that when there is an actual challenge, you cried wolf in the wilderness one time too many."

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