Senator Tim Scott, in the running for the GOP presidential primary, jabbed back at former President Obama after he criticized Scott’s remarks about race and racial progress in the United States.
Scott took to Twitter to respond directly to Obama’s comments on a recent podcast.
“Let us not forget we are a land of opportunity, not a land of oppression,” he tweeted.
“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.”
“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 concluded.
Scott has regularly argued that black Americans are underestimated by Democrats for political purposes. He is often criticized by left-leaning media figures for being black and Republican.
Obama Lashes Out Against Black Republicans
Scott was responding to comments Obama made on CNN’s “The Axe Files” podcast.
“There’s a long history of African-American or other minority candidates within the Republican Party who will validate America and say, ‘Everything’s great, and we can make it,’” Obama said, referring to Scott.
“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,” the former president explained.
“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 added.