Tim Scott criticizes Biden’s race record, alleges his education policy ‘resegregates schools’

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) tore into President Joe Biden‘s record on race and racial justice in response to Biden campaign ads criticizing former President Donald Trump.

Scott, the U.S. Senate‘s only black Republican and a candidate to become Trump’s new vice president, contended a second Trump administration appealed to the black community because of jobs and justice issues.

“If you’re really concerned about racial justice in America, let’s not forget Joe Biden is the guy who talked about racial jungles as a result of desegregation,” Scott said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. “Let’s not forget the fact that Joe Biden is the president who said if you don’t vote for me, you can’t be black.”

“This is the president who said that the Republican Party wants to put you back in chains,” he said. “The only person I’ve seen restraining black folks economically is the Joe Biden economy. So I find it quite insulting to suggest that Joe Biden does not have serious concerns.”

Scott alleged Biden’s lack of support for charter schools in cities such as Chicago is an education policy that “resegregates schools in America.”

“We need four more years of common sense under Donald Trump and not four more years of segregation under Joe Biden and his approach to allowing poor black kids to go to any school in their own cities,” he said.

When asked for clarification, Scott double-downed on his comments, claiming, “Schools in our largest cities are being resegregated.”

“Joe Biden’s Department of Education has halted the growth of charter schools that provide greater diversity and opportunities,” Scott said. “In the city of Chicago today, more black kids are not allowed to go to public schools in their own city. The president of the United States refuses to stand up to the teachers unions, and, as a result, the future of these kids will be lower and devastated.”

“The closest thing to magic in America is a good education and the place where you can’t find that is in blue cities, dominated by a monopoly on their city councils, where they refuse, refuse to allow poor kids, typically black, to attend public schools within their own cities,” he added.

One of the two ads the Biden campaign launched last week criticizing Trump’s race record described the former president as “disrespecting” black people when he “stood with violent white supremacists and warned of a blood bath, if he loses the next election.” The ads are part of the campaign’s May push to “ramp up investments to bolster its existing, historic efforts to reach the voters that will decide this election,” according to the campaign.

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Trump is trying to encourage the erosion of Biden’s support among black people, a key component of the Democratic coalition.

Trump averages a 1 percentage point edge over Biden, per RealClearPolitics.

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