President Donald Trump deserves credit for taking “a number of steps” in the year since the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, to “move us in a better direction,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
“I think there are a number of steps that the president has taken to move us in a better direction,” Scott (pictured above) said, pointing to “actual steps” ranging from “opportunity zones, to the meetings with pastors and business leaders, reducing recidivism, and without any question, the lowest African-American unemployment rate in the history of the country.”
Saturday and Sunday marked the one-year anniversary since white nationalists and neo-Nazis attending their Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville clashed with left-wing counter-protesters in a series of violent clashes. Counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed after a white supremacist rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters. Unite the Right is holding a rally Sunday evening in Washington, D.C.
Trump fielded bipartisan backlash after he initially condemned the violence “on many sides” without singling out white supremacists and neo-Nazis. After issuing a second statement directly calling out those groups, the president defended his initial statement, insisting during a press conference that there “was blame on both sides” for the rally’s violence. He decried racism, in particular, as “evil.”
Scott, one of the nation’s most prominent Black Republicans, was troubled by Trump’s statements and met with president in September 2017. Scott told CBS News after the meeting that Trump has “obviously reflected on what he has said [about Charlottesville], on his intentions and the perception of those comments.”
Trump took to Twitter Saturday to mark the anniversary of the Charlottesville rally, writing, “The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!
“I am proud to have fought for and secured the LOWEST African American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history. Now I’m pushing for prison reform to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance. I will never stop fighting for ALL Americans!” Trump added.
The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2018