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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

How Tim Scott rose from poverty to become our only black GOP senator

CHARLESton, South Carolina – Tim Scott knows the trouble that comes with being both black and conservative. “The View” host Sunny Hostin recently said that being a black Republican is a contradiction, and Scott, who is the only black Republican in the US Senate, shook his head.

“The comments are ridiculous,” he said.

The GOP has to “champion causes for the underserved communities and minority communities that are really under President Biden,” he said, before pointing to rising inflation and how the average person can barely put gas in a car, in their home. use the energy in the house, pay for their health care and take care of any other expenses.

“In contrast, when we were in the majority from 2016 to 2020, we saw African American unemployment hit an all-time low in the country’s history,” he said.

“The only question I have for those pundits on TV is why aren’t they conservative?” He asked.

Scott would not say whether he is seriously considering a 2024 presidential run, but the senator has made it clear that his current re-election bid will also be his last.
Sean Rayford for Zuma Press/NY Post

Tim Scott’s name is among the top tier of people mentioned as potential Republican presidential candidates in 2024, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence and former Are included. President Donald Trump.

So is he planning to run in 2024? He is saying no, but he admits that a lot is asked of him.

“I don’t think a day goes by when I am not asked for the last two months. But I keep telling people that the presidency of my homeowners association is not open for the next two years,” he jokes.

A High School Yearbook Photo Of Scott.  The Senator Said He Initially Struggled At School, But Found A Mentor In A Local Restaurant-Owner And Air Force Veteran.  Today, Scott Sees Himself As A Mentor &Quot;With A Message Of Open Opportunity.&Quot;
A high school yearbook photo of Scott. The senator said he initially struggled at school, but found a mentor in a local restaurant owner and Air Force veteran. Today, Scott sees himself as a mentor “with a message of open opportunity.”
Tim Scott / Facebook

No matter what happens, faith will guide his choice. “That would be the origin of that decision,” he said.

The Seacoast Church in nearby Mount Pleasant is “the most powerful force I’ve ever had in my adult life,” added Scott, of the Christian congregation, which had less than 1,000 members when he joined in 1997 and now boasts more than 25,000.

Despite becoming the most prominent elected black Republican in the country, Tim Scott never forgot where he came from. After his parents separated when he was a child, he grew up in North Charleston sharing a single bedroom with his mother and older brother.

Scott With His Mother And Grandfather - An Illiterate Lifelong Cotton Picker, With Barely A Third Grade Education.  Despite These Humble Beginnings, Scott Said That His Grandfather Inspired His Passion For Learning.
Scott with his mother and grandfather – an illiterate lifelong cotton picker, with barely a third grade education. Despite these humble beginnings, Scott said that his grandfather inspired his passion for learning.
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His house – which was little more than a hut – was located on a rough road. Scott said his mother worked double shifts as a nursing assistant at Charleston Hospital, and that his grandfather dropped out of school in third grade to pick cotton. Even though he was illiterate, his grandfather instilled the importance of knowledge and education in his young grandchildren by holding newspapers to “read” them.

“My grandfather … had a passion for progress that was evident,” Scott said.

“My grandmother who cleaned the houses taught me a work ethic and the importance of personal responsibility, and my mother, who is my true ultimate American hero … she taught me the dignity of work.”

Scott Has A More High School-Era Image, Which Attributes His Success To His Strong Christianity And Membership In The Seacoast Church Near Charleston.  That Belief, He Said, Will Guide Any Possible Future Run For Office.
Scott has a more high school-era image, which attributes his success to his strong Christianity and membership in the Seacoast Church near Charleston. That belief, he said, will guide any possible future run for office.
Tim Scott / Facebook

“Yet all three of them were always laughing and joyous, even in the midst of poverty, as if to suggest that your circumstances do not determine your outcome. There is something in you that is more powerful than the circumstances around you, and it is indeed I have the basis of my Happy Warrior approach,” said Scott, 56, who is not married and has no children of his own.

“The three powerful men had one thing in common, that was the importance of faith. Everything was possible through faith.”

Nothing remains of the place his family called home other than the dirt and gravel of the old street, but poverty still persists in the neighborhood – and the crime that goes with it. That’s why Scott said he always keeps his attention on the “people who live on the edge.”

Scott In His Childhood Home During The Taping Of Abc &Quot;This Week.&Quot; Scott Said Being Poor Forces Him To Fight For Americans In Distress, Regardless Of Their Race.
Scott at his childhood home during the taping of ABC’s “This Week.” Scott said being poor forces him to fight for Americans in distress, regardless of their race.
Tim Scott / Facebook

“Not just because I’m black but because [of] My life experience as a person in poverty, paycheck to paycheck. Coming home and the phone is not working. Coming home and electricity is not always there, coming home and sometimes being hungry for not having food that night.

“That experience…now is one of the reasons why I fight the way I do for people who live in difficult communities. I really don’t care if you are a white person in rural South Carolina or you are on the border in Texas. are living in, are Hispanic, or someone is living… in one of the inner cities and you are black,” he said.

He asks himself every day, is the American dream a reality for him? “And then I put myself in those different shoes so I know the answer is yes. And that’s my responsibility.”

Scott With His Mother On Capitol Hill.  While Scott May Be The Only Black Republican Senator, He Is Quick To Remind Critics That Democrats Have Just Two Black Senators.
Scott with his mother on Capitol Hill. While Scott may be the only black Republican senator, he is quick to remind critics that Democrats have just two black senators.
Associated Press

Scott admitted that he struggled in high school, but his life took a turn for the better when he met John Moniz—an Air Force veteran who owned a Chick-fil-A restaurant across from the movie theater. where Scott worked as a high schooler. Moniz became an instant mentor.

Scott attended college, ran and won a seat on Charleston County Council, lost a state Senate seat, briefly considered becoming a minister, and eventually won a State House seat in 2008. He toyed with the idea of ​​running for lieutenant governor only in 2010. To change his mind and try and win a House seat in the same Congress district where the Civil War began.

Two years later then-South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to replace retired Sen. Jim Demint, making him the first black US senator from South Carolina. He ran and won a full term in 2016 and is seeking re-election to the Senate this year. In 2019, he said this would be his last run for Senate office.

Scott-Confidant – And Charleston County Republican Party President Maurice Washington – Said His Friend &Quot;Full-Package....and Would Make An Excellent Presidential Candidate.&Quot;
Scott—confidant—and Charleston County Republican Party chairman Maurice Washington—said his friend “is the full-package … and would make an excellent presidential candidate.”
Richard Ellis for the NY Post

His longtime friend and fellow conservative Maurice Washington – the first black chair of the Charleston County Republican Party – said he would bring a more worldly outlook to the White House if Scott ran for president.

“He has seen the best and worst of America and can speak to it with authority and experience,” Washington said.

“And the fact that he brings such a grassroots background to politics, starting at a county council level, then up to the state House level, then to the House and Senate, it’s a pretty impressive resume. That’s all. The package is: clear-eyed, clear-headed, likable guy, free of scandal. I think at the right time, he will be an excellent presidential candidate. More importantly, he will make an excellent president.”

Scott, Who Is Seeking Re-Election This Year, Was Sworn Into The Senate On January 3, 2017 By Then-Vice President Joe Biden As His Mother.
Scott, who is seeking re-election this year, was sworn into the Senate on January 3, 2017 by then-Vice President Joe Biden as his mother.
Associated Press

Scott now sees himself as a mentor – just as John Moniz was to him – to other young people whose potential was not tapped.

“My mission statement is to positively impact the lives of a billion people with a message of open opportunity,” Scott said.

As far as being the only black Republican in the US Senate is concerned, Scott said, “Let’s not forget that the Democrats only have two black senators. Let’s not pretend that our margins are very different.”

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