Tim Scott calls for objective approach to Senate impeachment trial
FLORENCE, S.C. — Sen. Tim Scott on Friday called for civility and a fact-based approach to the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Scott was commenting during a meet-and-greet event in Florence.
Scott spoke for over 40 minutes at the meeting, addressing the impeachment trial at the very beginning before taking questions and in response to the last question asked.
“Is impeachment a hoax?” Scott asked. “I’m not sure of the definition of a hoax, but what I will tell you over the next two to four weeks, we will find out lots of information about the fact patterns that either do exist or don’t exist.”
He said his theory was a very simple one: Look for the truth and put aside all partisanship. He called for an objective process not littered with personal agendas to decide the fate of not only Trump but of the greatest democracy the world has ever seen.
“If we will take that approach to the next four weeks, I think that we will come up with a pretty healthy position and one that can be articulated and supported by facts,” Scott said. “If you can’t do that, then you’re in the wrong job.”
One of the more important challenges America faces, Scott said, is the challenge of civility and fairness.
He said he had recently appeared on a TV show where he was asked how bad things are in America in terms of race relations.
“I thought to myself, ‘How long have you been alive? Like 12 days?’” Scott said.
He said he was born in the heart of Dixie, the state of South Carolina. Scott added that he had run against Strom Thurmond’s son in the place where the Civil War started — Fort Sumter guards Charleston Harbor — and won election to the House of Representatives.
“You’re going to tell me nothing has changed in 50 years?” Scott continued. “Are you smoking crack? I mean, seriously, I don’t understand how someone could have such audacious, salacious, inconsistent with reality comments. That frustrates the dickens out of me.”
He was appointed to the Senate on Dec. 17, 2012, by Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the seat of the retiring Jim DeMint. Scott was elected to finish the remainder of DeMint’s term in 2014 and elected for a full term in 2016.
Scott indicated that he plans to run again in 2022 but probably will not run after that. He said he plans to return to private business.
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