South Carolina U.S. Senator Tim Scott Says America is More Divided Under Trump than Obama
Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina – the only black Republican in the United States Senate — is not letting off on his criticism of President Donald Trump. He said in an interview with VICE News over the weekend that he believes United States is more divided today under Donald Trump than it was under former President Barack Obama.
He added that the division has grown larger in the months since Trump assumed the presidency.
In the days following the Charlottesville attack, Sen. Tim Scott had a lot to say about President Donald Trump’s moral authority and the way he thinks the racial divide in the country is growing larger every day.
Sen. Scott said one unintended result of Trump’s poor response to events in Charlottesville, VA was that “it does not encourage the team to work as hard as we should on those priorities because there’s so much headwind that you cannot see straight.”
He also noted that President Trump has not reached out to him to have a conversation about race or events in Charlottesville, VA although he seemed unfazed by that.
“There’s no question that our country went from far — a far-left of this to a far-right position. Also, we have to take some time and examine why,” Scott said.
When asked by VICE News about the change, he attributed it to a stagnant economy and populist anger.
Though Trump has yet to reach out to Scott, the U.S. Senator said that in the meantime, he and his Senate colleagues have engaged in very constructive dialogue and “are looking for ways to make that dialogue manifest in policies and actions and frankly in responses.”
Sen. Scott also told CBS’ Face The Nation that the president’s response to neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA complicated Trump’s moral authority.
“It’s going to be very difficult for this president to lead if, in fact, that moral authority remains compromised,” Scott said.
He added: “His comments on Tuesday that erased his positive comments on Monday started to compromise that moral authority that we need the president to have for this nation to be the beacon of light to all mankind.”
Scott told President Trump that it is necessary for him to create positive relationship with minority communities adding that the president needs to “have a personal connection to the painful history of racism and bigotry of this country.”
“It would be fantastic if he sat down with a group of folks who have endured the pain of the ’60s, the humiliation of the ’50s and the ’60s,” Scott said.
“This would be an opportunity for him to become better educated and acquainted with the living history of so many folks — from John Lewis to my mother and so many others who have gone through a very painful part of the history of this country — so that when he acts, when he responds, and when he speaks, he’s not reading the words that are so positive that he’s breathing the very air that brings him to a different conclusion.”
He also said that Trump’s bungled response also weakens the Republican Party’s drive to pass major bills in congress.
“When there is confusion where there should be clarity, it emboldens those folks on the other side. It does not encourage the team to work as hard as we should on those priorities because there is so much headwind that you can’t see straight,” he said.
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