Someone on Twitter said recently that if Trump loses in November, it won’t be because of his personality or his governing, it will be because America is simply exhausted.
A lot of us learned a strange lesson from the 2016 election cycle. Predictions are only as good as the people making them. I’m loathe to predict how all of this will go in November. Perhaps America will just be so tired of this current cycle of angst and nonsense that we’ll switch horses. Maybe we’ll decide to just see this thing through because the alternative isn’t that appealing and he looks like a hostage every time he appears on television. I have no idea.
What I do know is that if Trump wins again in November we’re in for another four years of angst and nonsense from the media, the culture, and our politicians. We’ll survive, but when Trump’s term is over we’ll be ready for a change of pace.
We’ll be ready for President Tim Scott.
Even if you love Trump, there’s no denying it’s been a roller coaster having this unconventional politician in office. Trump’s brash and often awkward leadership is unsettling in both good and bad ways. I still hold out hope that history will reflect more of the good than the bad. That being said, love him or hate him, we’ll all be ready for a return to some sort of statesmanship when the Trump era ends.
That’s where Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) comes in. I’ve been watching Scott for years now. As a passionate advocate for school choice, I am always moved by the politicians who take a stand for equality in education and against the current government monopoly. It’s a big reason I’ve come to enjoy Trump’s presidency. He’s the first president I can remember speaking boldly about education disparity and how your zip code should not determine your educational opportunities. For those of us in black America who know what it’s like to be trapped in a failing district without the financial comfort to buy a private education, that’s a big deal. Tim Scott has been pushing for school choice since the day he landed in the Capitol.
It isn’t just his support for solving the greatest civil rights issue of our time that makes Scott such an attractive choice for the highest office in the land. His political style is a searing combination of diplomacy, reason, intelligence, and straight-up fire.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 17, 2020
As my colleague Nick Arama pointed out in an article on Wednesday, Scott has a penchant for finding the emotional center of an intelligent political argument while avoiding the temptation to pander. It is a skill all too lacking in today’s politics. There are few more stunning examples of this than Scott’s speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon. The South Carolina Senator calmly and carefully dismantled every Democrat talking point against the bill and even against his very presence as the only black Republican Senator in the chamber.
“Not surprising the last 24 hours have seen a lot of ‘token’ ‘boy’ or ‘you’re being used’ in my mentions. Let me get this straight … you DON’T want the person who has faced racial profiling by police, been pulled over dozens of times, or been speaking out for YEARS drafting this?” Scott said on Twitter.
…But then Scott took to the floor to address Durbin and the Democrats more directly and it was powerful.
He spoke about how it was the five year anniversary of the Charleston shooting at Mother Emanuel Church where nine people were shot to death by including Democratic Pastor Clementa Pinckney, a personal friend of Scott’s. Scott revealed how he texted him to ask if he was okay, only to get no answer, because he was already dead.
Regardless of how you feel about Trump, his presence comes with an innate political tension that I feel strongly has been needed for some time, but also that is not something that Americans, in general, can tolerate as the norm forever. Whatever “wrongs” his presidency is hoped to set “right”, our current state of angst and unrest is unsustainable. America will be starving for some old-fashioned diplomacy but we’ve also experienced the refreshing (though often bitter) taste of political honesty in the last few years. Trump makes no apologies for himself, but more than that, his very presence forces his political opponents to come clean about the true core of their values and beliefs. When he leaves I believe we will be left with a pressing need for a national and global statesman but we will also desire one who doesn’t pander and doesn’t hide his opinions behind polls and the blessings of cable news.
That man — I strongly believe — is Senator Tim Scott. It is very rare that one party maintains control of the executive branch through two consecutive presidencies. Elections are cyclical. That’s just how it is (and frankly it’s the one truth a lot of people forgot when assuming Hillary was going to be our next chief executive). But if there is a time for such a thing to happen, it is now. Assuming the Democrats can’t pull themselves out of their current chaos, America might not be that excited to elect a party that doesn’t see protecting the taxpayers from violence and anarchy as a priority. Republicans could offer an alternative that speaks to the left-wing focus on racially diverse candidates while simultaneously offering a type of humble, measured leadership that we will surely need moving forward.
I don’t know if Scott has any intentions of running. POTUS is the worst job in the world. There’s a reason men age so quickly in the role. A campaign as a black Republican could be brutal for him and his family. I certainly wouldn’t blame him for choosing to serve his home state above seeking the White House.
But if he chooses the latter, I am on board. Senator Tim Scott is the future of the Republican party, and I’d love to see him lead the nation into a new era of growth and politics. I think he would be a great man for the job.
Watch his speech on the Senate floor and tell me I’m wrong.