Sen. Scott says Americans deserve better

FILE - Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 30, 2021. The U.S. Senate’s only Black Republican is putting forth what he characterizes as a positive response to partisan rhetoric on race that he’s best-positioned to rebut. Tim Scott of South Carolina tells The Associated Press that he hopes a video series on issues he sees as pertinent to the Black community will help refocus a fraught national conversation on race. Scott has timed the release in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

FILE – Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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“And yet our president wants us to believe what he says more than what we see. America deserves better.”

— Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) offered a rebuttal to rhetoric coming out of the White House. He released several videos on and around Martin Luther King Jr. Day to promote what he says is a positive response to partisan rhetoric on race that he’s best-positioned to rebut.

On Monday, Scott posted the first installment of what he’s calling his listening tour series. He visited with leaders in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina to discuss some of the issues plaguing minority communities in America to search for solutions.

“”I feel like we are not hitting the mark,” said the senator. “So whether you’re black or white, you live in a marginalized community. The education system that we have today is not producing results and, in my opinion, that feeds the high crime rates throughout the country.”

Scott told the Associated Press he hopes these roundtables with his constituents on issues like building generational wealth would help redirect the nation’s conversations around race.

The Republican lawmaker also took aim at Joe Biden’s recent speech in Georgia regarding voting rights, saying his comments only exacerbated the current climate. He called it misleading. Scott went on to say Biden’s decision to compare those who do not agree with him, both Republican and Democrat, to known racists and segregationists was low.

The South Carolina lawmaker said it’s time for the president to stop dodging the reality of his failed leadership and stop distracting Americans. He added, the progress we are looking for in America from a racial perspective is right before our eyes.

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