Tim Scott Backs Brett Kavanaugh
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), the only Black Republican in the upper chamber, broke his days-long silence on Monday and publicly pledged to support Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But he says the decision was a difficult one given the compelling testimony of his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. “My heart breaks for Dr. Ford as she obviously still confronts a trauma that occurred while she was a teenager. However, none of the evidence we have points to Brett Kavanaugh as guilty of these crimes.” He says the FBI investigation is an important step, but that barring the discovery of any new information, he plans to vote for Kavanaugh. Recent trips to Iowa have prompted speculation about Scott’s political ambitions. He briefly considered running for Governor of South Carolina earlier this year, and his name gets mentioned as someone who could either run for President or be chosen as a VP nominee. Scott champions a party that is still overwhelmingly white, but the Senator has been very outspoken on race issues. So, too, has Kavanaugh. According to one of the emails Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) released, the SCOTUS nominee’s outlook runs contrary to Scott’s. “The desire to remedy societal discrimination is not a compelling interest,” Kavanaugh wrote in a 2001 email about racial profiling. A couple of years later, Kavanaugh doubled-down by decidedly opposing affirmative action. When asked about how President George W. Bush’s White House could tout a diverse workforce while opposing affirmative action, Kavanaugh said in no uncertain terms, “Diversity is a permissible goal but a state must use race-neutral criteria when available.” He has criticized ‘special legislation’ for minorities and, in a 1999 interview, said he looked forward to the ‘inevitable’ day in 10 or 20 years when, he predicted, the Supreme Court ‘says we are all one race in the eyes of the government. He also once tried to crack a joke about getting sexual favors from a would-be Asian massage parlor in an email with “Su Ching is booked” as the subject line. Scott helped force the withdrawal of another Trump nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals whose racially-charged academic writings from decades earlier mocked multiculturalism and cultural sensitivity. However, this time around, he’s on board with Trump. Read his full statement of support for Kavanaugh here.