COLOMBIA, SC ( Associated Press) – Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate, with a video series on issues relevant to the black community of South Carolina, pushing what he characterizes as a positive response to partisan rhetoric on race that he is in the best position to refute.
But that approach comes with some harsh words about President Joe Biden’s recent rhetoric.
In conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Scott told The Associated Press that he hopes the recent constituent roundtables on topics such as the creation of generational wealth will re-focus a fraught national conversation on race. The current climate, Scott said, was only exacerbated by Biden’s recent voting rights speech., which Scott called “misleading”.
Last week in Atlanta, Biden challenged senators to “stand up against voter suppression” by changing Senate rules To pass voting rights legislation that Republicans are blocking from debate and vote. Biden compared the mistakes of the civil rights fight of the 1960s to modern-day election sabotage efforts, including GOP-backed laws. Passed after President Donald Trump lost his re-election In 2020, again falsely claimed widespread voter fraud,
Biden’s speech was met with widespread Republican criticism, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accusing Biden of enacting new voting laws “to smear the brutal racial hatred of Jim Crow segregation to states.” There was also some pushback from the Democrats. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Biden went “a little too far” in his rhetoric, but he also told CNN he was “glad” that Biden did.
For Scott, the speech was an overly sentimental vibe, or worse.
Scott told the Associated Press last week, “Comparing or confronting people who oppose their positions in the country as being racist and anti-national is not only outrageous and infuriating, it’s wrong.” “You just have to know the facts, and you realize that the president was not only misleading us, he was actually deceiving us to gain political power – basically lying to us.”
Instead, the South Carolina Republican is preparing to release half a dozen videos of his Between this week and the end of February’s Black History Month, as a listening session He hits on a number of difficult topics that he already knows.
Describing himself as “grew up in a single-parent household, mired in poverty, there was really no chance of something dramatically different”, Scott said, adding that education, his assistant His own trajectory had changed because of the mother and advice.
“The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and the celebration of his life, and the contributions of African Americans to this country, is a very important time for us to highlight the progress we’ve made and some issues that may be even more important.” Stand in the way of more progress,” Scott said. “I decided that the best way to do this is not just to hear from me but to actually listen to other people from across the community.”
Scott, who has amassed a significant war chest to say his last Senate campaign will be, has become one of the GOP’s most popular standouts, sometimes mentioned as a potential 2024 presidential candidate.
He gave the answer of the party In Biden’s first congressional address last year – when he suggested Democrats were running race as “a political weapon” – and a prime-time speaking space During the 2020 Republican National Convention. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and along with former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, he advises diversity efforts For a group intent on expanding Republican power over state-level offices.
Sen. Corey Booker, DNJ. By joining, Scott led legislative efforts for a police reform bill, but negotiations ended without a deal. Last year. Subsequent efforts to protest the killings of unarmed black people by officers attracted widespread attention, but Scott — who told the Associated Press that Congress should continue its work on police reform “and put an end to it” — said that He is equally passionate about financial advancement. in underserved or minority areas.
Even with Booker, he had previously established the “Opportunity Zone,” which was established to enable private investors to reinvest profits in designated low-income areas, thereby reducing capital gains taxes from investments. Removed and allowed tax benefits. The zones were included in the $1.5 trillion tax cut law Trump stepped up Congress in 2017 and, according to a Government Accountability Office report, invested $29 billion in low-income sectors by 2019.
Relying on constituent concerns from his video, Scott said he is intent on finding more ways to encourage sustainable economic changes in underserved and minority communities as he takes on potentially more attention-grabbing issues such as policing. .
“Often, when you read the press and you are talking about minorities, you are talking specifically about issues of poverty or lack of access and not really focusing on the positive side or the constructive side. Doing,” Scott said. “It needs more attention.”
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