Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, said President Trump’s comments about the violence that broke out on “many sides” at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA last weekend has put members of hte Republican party in a difficult position.
Scott said he was initially encouraged by the President’s remarks Monday, when he finally condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis, but said his comments on Tuesday “started erasing the comments that were strong.”
“What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised when Tuesday happened. There’s no question about that,” Sen. Scott told Vice News.
The South Carolina Republican said he was encouraged by the response across the country, which is “exactly the opposite of what it was in the ’60s.”
“Racism is real. It is alive. It is here. But the response from the vast majority of this country is diametrically opposite of the response in the ’60s. We’ve had the United States military, generals, leaders, standing up and rejecting, completely, racism. We’ve had corporate America, which was fairly silent back in the ’60s, standing up very strong, very loud, and very proud,” he added.