- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sen. Tim Scott said Monday that President Trump is “not a racist” and that Democrats are “overusing” the racism card against the president and Republicans ahead of the 2020 election because they have nothing else to run on.

Mr. Scott, who is the only sitting black Republican in the Senate, said the left’s constant allegations of racism against the right is a “different dimension” that he doesn’t recognize or understand.

“There’s no doubt that President Trump is not a racist,” the South Carolina senator said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“The facts are very simple that the same folks that voted for me voted for President Trump because President Trump made promises to the voters and he’s keeping the promises,” he said.

Mr. Scott said that Mr. Trump’s record on helping minorities, like record-low unemployment for the black and Hispanic communities, proves he’s not racist.

“A racist would never talk about criminal justice reform and how the benefits disproportionately help African-American men. President Trump signed that legislation into law,” the senator argued. “You would never hear a racist talk about Opportunity Zones and how he came on board full throttle because he wanted to help poor, disadvantaged communities, most of them were consistently African-American and Hispanic communities.

“You would not ever hear a racist — never would you hear a racist talk about providing more research authority, and more resources towards the sickle cell anemia, a disease that impacts disproportionately African Americans in this country. And yet President Trump signed that legislation,” he added.

Mr. Scott said Democrats use the “race card” every single time there’s a presidential run because they know that “the lowest common denominator in politics is fear and division.”

“It’s a different dimension that I don’t understand, and frankly, the more you use the concept of racism, the more we grow ‘ism fatigue’ in this country, and that is a terrible place for us to be,” he added. “And so the greatest threat by overusing racism is that when there is an actual challenge, you cried wolf in the wilderness one time too many.”

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