Sen. Tim Scott, who briefly ran for president, is reportedly considered Donald Trump’s running mate.
The Republican Party’s only black senator, Tim Scott filed to become its 2024 presidential nominee, but later withdrew from the race.
“Joe Biden and the radical left are attacking every rung of the ladder that helped me climb,” the 57-year-old South Carolina senator said last year.
Now out of the race for the Republican nomination, a race that appears to have only one outcome at the moment, could Mr. Scott be in the running for another office?
In a recent interview with Fox News, Mr. Trump himself abandoned Mr. Scott when asked about possible vice presidential picks.
“I called Tim Scott this week, because a lot of people love Tim Scott,” Mr. Trump said. “I called him and said, ‘You’re a much better fit for me than for you.’
A Trump ally told NBC News, Sky News’ sister channel, that Mr. Scott is seen as a potential asset to a Trump ticket both politically and in helping to narrow Democratic margins, particularly among voters. black and Hispanic male voters.
Additionally, they added, the two are “compatible” with each other and are not in a “forced” relationship.
Mr. Scott avoided being too critical of Mr. Trump.
But after Mr Trump’s comments about the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017 – that there were “very fine people on both sides” – he said the then-president had “compromised his moral authority to lead.
Only black politician to have served in both houses
Mr Scott’s political career has seen him make history in various ways.
Not only is he the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate, but he is also the first Black person to serve in both houses of Congress.
Only 11 black people have served in the U.S. Senate. Currently, the other two are Democrats Cory Booker (New Jersey) and Raphael Warnock (Georgia).
He started out as a Democrat, however, when he volunteered for Mark Sanford’s campaign in South Carolina’s 1st District in 1994.
Inspired to run for a seat on the Charleston County Council, he contacted the local party, but was told to “get in line,” he revealed in an interview with Politico.
Instead, he ran for Republicans and in 1995 became the first black Republican to hold political office in South Carolina since 1902.
He worked in the insurance industry and as a financial advisor before entering politics full-time.
In 2009, he was elected to the South Carolina Statehouse, two years before winning a seat in the House of Representatives in 2011.
The following year, when South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint retired, Nikki Haley, then the state’s governor, appointed him to replace him.
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“Never About Race” Campaign
Mr. Scott presented himself as an antidote to traditional rhetoric on race in the United States.
He declined an invitation to join the Congressional Black Caucus in 2010, saying, “My campaign was never about race. »
Instead, he chose the Women’s Caucus because he is the “product of a powerful single mother.”
In a 2021 speech, he said that although he had “experienced the pain of discrimination…America is not a racist country.”
At a Black History Month event in February last year, he said: “I’m not here to suggest that things couldn’t get better and I’m going to work every day to m ensure that all Americans play on a level playing field. .
“But today is not 1865… We have made enormous progress, and it is time that we as a people celebrate the progress we are making.”
In an interview with Politico, he said he sometimes faced “more racism” from his black friends – for not “meeting the expectations of groupthink” at school.
He also revealed that he was arrested by police officers guarding the Capitol who did not know who he was.