Tim Scott: Americans Were ‘Better Off’ Under Trump

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), whose name has been floated as a possible running mate to former President Donald Trump, recently praised the former president, saying Americans’ lives were better during his time in the White House.

“What we need to know is that under President Trump, we were just better off. World peace — think about this. Before President Trump, there was an incursion in Ukraine. After President Trump, a war in Ukraine,” the South Carolina congressman told Fox News host Shannon Bream.

“The one thing that is completely clear is when President Trump was in office, world peace was not only objective — but we were experiencing it. Under President Biden, botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, war in Ukraine,” he added.

“We have conflict in the Middle East, instability in the Indo-Pacific, and our southern border might be, in my opinion, the greatest national security risk we have today,” he continued.

Scott then noted that, given Biden’s refusal to secure the southern border, fentanyl has poured across the U.S., taking “70,000 lives.”

The South Carolina lawmaker said that with Trump as president, “we are certainly better off.” Scott cited the economy under the former president, saying that unemployment was at a “70-year low” for Hispanics and African-Americans.

“When you look at law and order, there weren’t the challenges that we’re seeing in the poorest communities around the country,” Scott said. “We had the kind of law and order where people could walk the streets in their neighborhoods. All that can be back with four more years of Donald Trump.”

Scott’s comments come as Trump is projected to defeat former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) in the upcoming South Carolina GOP presidential primary, scheduled for Feb. 24, 2024. The former president will likely become the GOP presidential nominee, given his victories in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.

Polls show Trump defeating Biden in a five-way race involving third-party presidential contenders Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Cornel West and Jill Stein.

An Emerson College survey indicates that the former president would defeat Biden by two percentage points in the 2024 presidential election.

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