Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, and former President Barack Obama both criticised the other’s handling of race this week, with Obama suggesting that Republican promises of American unity is hollow.
Thursday’s CNN interview with Obama included a question on Scott’s racial chats with the former president. Democratic strategist David Axelrod conducted the interview. In contrast, Scott said that after winning both the 2008 and 2012 elections, Obama had a chance to unite the nation.
“I believe the Republican Party has a long history of running African-American or other minority candidates who will affirm America and proclaim, “Everything’s fine, and we can make it. In response to Axelrod’s question regarding Scott, Obama said, “I think Nikki Haley has a similar attitude. “I’m not being pessimistic about Tim Scott specifically, but I could be putting forward the ‘Can’t we all get along’ attitude… An honest accounting of our past and present must serve as its foundation.
Obama continued by saying that if politicians want their claims of American unity to be taken seriously, they must confront racial imbalances in the legal system and elsewhere.