The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced Monday that Rep. Tim Scott would replace Jim DeMint as the Palmetto State’s junior senator.

“This man loves South Carolina,” Haley said at a press conference introducing Scott. “It was with that that I knew that he was the right person. I have no doubt that he will fly through 2014.”

Scott, who joined the since-defeated Allen West in 2010 as the Republican Party’s only black members of Congress, will now become the United States’ only black senator. Additionally, he will become the GOP’s first black senator since Massachusetts’ Edward Brooke in 1978.

Scott’s heritage clearly played a role in Haley’s decision; she noted at the press conference that “It is important to me, as a minority female, that Congressman Scott earned this seat. He earned this seat for the person that he is. He earned this seat with the results he has shown.”

While Scott said that “Senator Jim DeMint has led in a way that few others have led,” and that “there’s no way to fill his shoes,” he promised to run for re-election in 2014.

“I look forward to having an opportunity to getting [sic] around the state and introducing myself to citizens of this great state of South Carolina,” Scott said.

Scott, who was reportedly DeMint’s top pick to succeed him, is a Tea Party favorite who should seamlessly continue DeMint’s legacy of pushing far right politics. As Peter Montgomery points out at Right Wing Watch, Scott’s positions closely mirror DeMint’s; the incoming senator holds far-right positions on abortion and gay rights (earning him a zero rating from the Human Rights Campaign), he dogmatically opposes any tax increases under any circumstances, he has threatened to impeach President Obama (based on a hypothetical executive order invoking the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling), and he is one of the most anti-union members of Congress.

At today’s press conference, Haley declared that Scott “has shown courage when he helped us with the fight against the National Labor Relations Board and the unions that tried to take Boeing down,” and it is certainly true that Scott is always ready for a fight against workers. One particularly vindictive example of Scott’s hostility to labor came in 2011, when he co-wrote a bill that would remove an entire family’s government benefits if any single family member went on strike.

As a result of these right-wing positions, Tea Party groups in South Carolina and across the nation are applauding Scott’s appointment to the Senate. As Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement, “Tim Scott has taken our core values seriously in the House and we have every reason to expect similar, principled behavior in the Senate.”

Video of the full press conference announcing Scott as DeMint’s replacement can be seen here

Photo credit: AP/Charles Dharapak, File

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Donald Trump
Youtube Screenshot

Allies of former President Donald Trump have advised members of the Republican Party to cool down their inflammatory rhetoric toward the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation following the execution of a search warrant at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on Monday.

Trump supporters, right-wing pundits, and lawmakers have been whipped into a frenzy over what Trump called a "raid" by federal agents in pursuit of classified documents removed from the White House during Trump's departure from office.

Keep reading... Show less

Former President Donald Trump

Youtube Screenshot

On August 20, 2022, Donald Trump will have been gone from the White House for 19 months. But Trump, unlike other former presidents, hasn’t disappeared from the headlines by any means — and on Monday, August 8, the most prominent topic on cable news was the FBI executing a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in South Florida. Countless Republicans, from Fox News hosts to Trump himself, have been furiously railing against the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). And in an article published by Politico on August 11, reporters Kyle Cheney and Meridith McGraw describe the atmosphere of “paranoia” and suspicion that has become even worse in Trumpworld since the search.

“A wave of concern and even paranoia is gripping parts of Trumpworld as federal investigators tighten their grip on the former president and his inner circle,” Cheney and McGraw explain. “In the wake of news that the FBI agents executed a court-authorized search warrant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, Trump’s allies and aides have begun buzzing about a host of potential explanations and worries. Among those being bandied about is that the search was a pretext to fish for other incriminating evidence, that the FBI doctored evidence to support its search warrant — and then planted some incriminating materials and recording devices at Mar-a-Lago for good measure — and even that the timing of the search was meant to be a historical echo of the day President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974.”

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}