Posted on August 25, 2020

Tim Scott Caps GOP Convention Night of Minority Voter Outreach

Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, August 24, 2020

Sen. Tim Scott said President Trump had made historic progress for black Americans “to clean up Joe Biden’s mess,” calling on voters to examine the Democratic nominee’s decades in office in an election the South Carolinian said would be about “the promise of America.”

“This election is about your future, and it’s critical to paint a full picture of the records of Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” Scott said, appearing as the final speaker on the first night of the Republican National Convention. “Joe Biden said if a black man didn’t vote for him, he wasn’t truly black. Joe Biden said black people are a monolithic community. It was Joe Biden who said poor kids can be just as smart as white kids.”

Scott closed out a night in which Republicans featured several minority speakers, including former Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, whose parents immigrated to the United States from India, in a play to broaden their appeal beyond their base of white voters.

He began his remarks speaking about the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor {snip}

Scott pointed to former Vice President Biden’s efforts to pass the 1994 crime bill “that put millions of black Americans behind bars.”

He said that Trump’s criminal justice reform law, the bipartisan First Step Act, “fixed many of the disparities Biden created and made our system more fair and just for all Americans.”


{snip} Scott has supported key Trump legislation, including the criminal justice reform act and “opportunity zones” to spur investment in low-income neighborhoods.