Tim Scott (S.C.), currently the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate, announced today he will be seeking his party’s nomination in the 2024 presidential election. Scott’s announcement makes him the first Black leader to announce their bid for president in 2024.
Scott, who has represented South Carolina since 2013, made the announcement at a packed event in North Charleston.
Scott portrayed himself to the audience as someone who will challenge “the far left” and bring Americans together on principles and strengthen U.S. border security.
During a 40-minute speech, Scott made several eyebrow raising comments as he talked about his upbringing — being raised by a single mother and beating the odds. The usual.
Scott, who has little political name recognition on the national stage outside of his Fox News appearances, made headlines after telling the crowd America is not a racist country.
“We need to stop cancelling our founding fathers and start celebrating them for the geniuses that they were. They weren’t perfect, but they believed that we could become a more perfect union,” said Scott.
Scott also went on to criticize Critical Race Theory (CRT) — a course that is not associated with K-12 education that has become a weaponized talking point by conservatives.
“I will lead a revolution for excellence in our schools. Less CRT and more ABCs,” Scott said as he delivered his campaign pitch.
Scott’s recent comments on race in America are interesting considering he said in 2017 that “racism is real” when responding to Trump’s actions after the violent Charlottesville protests.
It will come as no shock that at least until the Republican National Convention, race will be a hot topic for right-wing commentary.
More about Scott’s
hopeless 2024 presidential bid can be found here.
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