Sen. Tim Scott Lays Out Plan For Trump To Engage Black Communities

Phillip Stucky | Political Reporter

Sen. Tim Scott outlined his plan for Republican President-elect Donald Trump to reach out to minority communities on CBS’s “Face The Nation” Sunday.

Trump ran on a campaign of fear of the inner cities, according to CBS’s John Dickerson. His focus on “law and order” is perceived by minority groups like Blacks Lives Matter as a “fear first” campaign, and one that alienated anyone who wasn’t white. That perception, earned or not, was powerful at the voting booth. Only 8 percent of black voters supported Trump; 29 percent of Latinos supported him.

Trump’s first priority needs to be to ensure that “every zip code has access to quality education,” according to Scott.

Another idea Scott has is to fund shop and mechanics classes to make it easier for those who wish to pursue careers that don’t require a college education. Scott says that, because schools cut programs like shop classes, it’s harder for people to work with their hands and decide if that is something they want to do with their life.

Scott was also encouraged by Trump’s decision to personally negotiate the Carrier jobs deal, resulting in up to 1,100 jobs staying in the U.S. Trump can expand on the success by meeting with black community leaders personally, Scott says.

“If he takes the time to listen, he will find that people are receptive to him,” Scott told Dickerson.

Scott’s advice does come with a caveat: if Trump were to ignore minorities at the expense of some of his other policy aims, the senator plans to “hold him accountable” for his actions while in office.

Scott was recently listed as a potential contender for governor of South Carolina in light of Gov. Nikki Haley’s appointment to ambassador to the United Nations, but it remains unclear if the governorship is an office Scott will be interested in at this time.

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