South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) was recently ranked number 25 on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”
Among the reasons Fortune included were Scott’s role as the leader of the GOP in rebutting President Biden’s address to Congress, and his leadership role in policing reform.
Scott has been a popular figure in the Republican Party, driven in part by his hard-scrabble upbringing and bootstraps mentality.
Fortune writes that, since the election of Joe Biden, Scott has “been a voice for compromise and for smaller ‘common sense’ stimulus efforts that minimize the role of government spending in fostering the recovery.”
Fortune’s profile includes this interesting bit – explaining why Trump won a larger amount of black and Latino votes in 2020 than in 2016:
Tim Scott, the GOP’s lone Black senator, helps explain why: He’s an avid and effective spokesperson for the small-government, self-reliance-driven conservatism that has helped the Republican Party make inroads among some voters of color.
Sen. Tim Scott’s background makes it easy to see why he is, like President Trump, an outspoken advocate for self-reliance and a government that will get out of the way and let Americans succeed on their own merits.
Scott grew up in a single parent household, the middle of three boys. His parents split up and the family moved around a lot. His mother worked long hours to make ends meet.
By the time he was a freshman in high school, he was flunking out of most of his classes. But he was fortunate, his mom of course did not give up on him, and he met someone who became a mentor and he managed to get his grades right and graduate.
He went on to graduate from Charleston Southern University and started his own business. Scott worked as a financial advisor and owned his own insurance company prior to jumping into the political waters of South Carolina politics.
Tim Scott’s first foray into politics came in 1995 when he ran for and won a seat on the Charleston City Council before serving one term in the State House and winning an open seat in the House of Representatives.
In 2013, when Jim DeMint resigned his Senate seat, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley appointed Scott to fill the vacant seat. He completed the term by winning a special election in 2014 and was re-elected in 2016 by nearly 25 points.
Scott has long supported low tax, small government conservative ideas, many of the same policies advocated by President Trump.
In 2017, he helped pass the tax reform package which helped millions of Americans to keep what they earned and invest that money into their own futures.
Sen. Tim Scott and other black conservatives like him continue to be the Left’s worst nightmare. When they cannot refute the valid arguments that Scott and others make for the success of conservative ideas and polices, they merely resort to name calling.
That was on full display last month. Following President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress in April, Scott gave the Republican Party response.
In the response, Scott pointed to the fact that prior to the pandemic, American workers who were the lowest on the pay scale were finally beginning to see a rise in their wages, and that was happening without the massive government intervention advocated by Biden.
Scott stated, “The beauty of the American dream,” Scott said, “is that families get to define it for themselves.”
It didn’t take long for the full force of Democrats and the Left to pounce personally attack Scott. On Twitter, the racist hashtag “#UncleTim” was allowed to stay on the platform for roughly 12 hours before it was taken down.
Scott’s response led MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross to calling Scott a “token,” a “clown,” and a “tap dancer.”
At the same network, Joy Reid smugly claimed, “I’m not sure what his purpose was. His audience, to me, appeared to be conservative white Republicans who are angry over certain things, of cancel culture and the same sort of cultural nods that we hear on Fox News. And he was out here to throw them a lifeline. It was disappointing.”
While Democrats also continue to demand reform of law enforcement, Scott introduced in 2020 a police reform bill. The Democrats filibustered and blocked the bill. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) called it, “a token half-hearted approach.”
Despite the racially-charged language from the Left, Scott isn’t backing down, and he’s being recognized as a leader.
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