Sen. Tim Scott Stands Firm: American Future TRUMPS Past Legal Woes

By Maria Angelino | Monday, 19 February 2024 04:10 PM
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Senator Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina who has publicly endorsed former President Donald Trump's presidential campaign, dismissed inquiries regarding Trump's legal issues during a Sunday interview.

He stated, "the American people are more focused on their future than Donald Trump's past."

Scott, during his appearance on "Face the Nation," argued that the American public is more concerned with their own challenges, such as border security and economic stability, rather than the legal difficulties facing the former president. "They're not talking about legal challenges, they're talking about their challenges across a kitchen table," Scott said, skillfully avoiding direct questions about Trump's legal predicaments.

Trump's legal situation has indeed become more complex in recent days. On Friday, a New York judge presiding over his civil fraud case imposed a fine exceeding $354 million on him and the Trump Organization, in addition to millions in interest. Trump is also facing criminal charges in four separate cases, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

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Despite these legal battles, Trump remains the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination. He and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley are scheduled to compete in South Carolina's Republican primary on February 24. Trump's dominance in the early state nominating contests sets the stage for a significant challenge for Haley, who served as the state's governor from 2011 to 2017.

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Scott, who withdrew from the race in November, endorsed Trump last month, a move that was seen as a setback for Haley. Haley had appointed Scott to fill a Senate vacancy in 2013. Scott is now considered a potential running mate for Trump.

When asked about the role of the vice president in the counting of Electoral College votes following a presidential election, Scott stated that "the Constitution is very clear," but refrained from providing further details. He predicted a clear victory for Trump in the upcoming election, saying, "One thing we know about the future is that the former president, fortunately, he'll be successful in 2024 and he won't be facing that situation again."

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Scott, who voted to certify the 2020 election results, had previously stated on January 5, 2021, that "there is no constitutionally viable means for the Congress to overturn an election wherein the states have certified and sent their Electors." This was in response to Trump's plea to Vice President Mike Pence to reject the Electoral College votes from several states. Pence declined, stating that the vice president's role in the process is ceremonial under the Constitution.

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Scott also defended his decision to endorse Trump over Haley, a move that drew criticism from Haley's adult son, who labeled Scott as "Senator Judas." Scott responded by saying that politics "makes people and their families desperate."

"I know that they're in a heated race. I know that it's not going their way; they're going to lose their home state," Scott said. "There will be a devastating loss here in South Carolina. It was a devastating loss in New Hampshire. There's not a state coming forward that she's going to win."

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