(DCWatchdog.com) – Republican US Senator Tim Scott, who is running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, reacted to criticism of him by former President Barack Obama by calling it the highest “compliment.”
Last week, Obama attacked Scott after Scott defended America from racism accusations. Obama argued voters had a right to view skeptically minority candidates who “ignore” inequality.
“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,” Obama told the podcast of Democrat strategist David Axelrod.
“If they’re not doing that, then I think people are rightly skeptical,” he added, as cited by The New York Post.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), however, says that when Democrats begin to “feel threatened,” they “drag out” Obama and “have him make some negative comments about someone running, hoping that their numbers go down.”
“The truth of my life disproves the lies of the radical left,” the South Carolina Republican told Fox News Sunday, as cited by Newsmax.
“The radical left and President Obama failed, failed, and failed. We will make it happen,” he added regarding “addressing the issues of poverty.”
Scott argued his Opportunity Zones project had brought $50 billion more to the poorest American communities, “majority or minority” alike, compared to what Obama did.
He added that the Obama administration also failed to support historically black colleges, but “we took the funding to the highest level in history in the country and we made it permanent.”
Scott said he was the most conservative candidate for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, which has helped reach the third place in polls in the earliest-voting primary state, Iowa and New Hampshire.
He argued he had a different campaign message from former President Donald Trump.
“[We are] bringing manufacturing home. We are talking about [how] we are in the midst of an economic Cold War with China, having the ability to secure our borders and stop 70,000 Americans from losing their lives to fentanyl… More importantly, [we are] addressing the failures of the radical left and Joe Biden,” the South Carolina senator said.
There is no higher compliment than being attacked by President Obama.
The Left is threatened by my candidacy.
Why? Because the truth of my life disproves their lies. pic.twitter.com/RTIGR4K9Qh
— Tim Scott (@votetimscott) June 18, 2023