Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) reportedly hit back at former President Obama this week after the Democrat blasted the GOP presidential candidate for 2024 for comments he made on race and racial advancement in the nation.
The South Carolina Republican’s statements are in response to things Obama said in a podcast interview with David Axelrod, his former top advisor in the White House, which was released on Thursday.
When questioned about Scott’s messages about race, the former president claimed that Scott was not providing answers for how to address systemic racism in the nation or addressing the challenges Black Americans experience.
“And so if a Republican, who may even be sincere in saying, ‘I want us all to live together,’ doesn’t have a plan for how do we address crippling generational poverty that is a consequence of hundreds of years of racism in this society, and we need to do something about that. If that candidate is not willing to acknowledge that, again and again, we’ve seen discrimination in everything from … getting a job to buying a house to how the criminal justice system operates,” Obama said.
“If somebody’s not proposing, both acknowledging and proposing, elements that say, ‘No, we can’t just ignore all that and pretend as if everything’s equal and fair. We actually have to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.’ If they’re not doing that, then I think people are rightly skeptical,” he continued.
Scott shot back in a statement.
“Let us not forget we are a land of opportunity, not a land of oppression. Democrats deny our progress to protect their power. The Left wants you to believe faith in America is a fraud and progress in our nation is a myth,” Scott said.
“The truth of MY life disproves the lies of the radical Left. We live in a country where little Black and Brown boys and girls can be President of the United States. The truth is – we’ve had one and the good news is – we will have another,” he continued.
Scott contends that Black Americans are advancing quickly in the United States and that Democrats are underestimating how far they have come.