Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said that he believes President Donald Trump will increase his support among African-Americans by at least 50 percent and that this would guarantee him a re-election victory in 2020.
Scott made the comments to Neil Cavuto on his Fox News show Thursday. He based much of his opinion on the entrance and performance of New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg into the Democratic primary campaign.
"President Trump will see a 50 percent increase in his African-American support," said Scott.
"It will go from 8 percent in 2016 to a minimum of 12 percent in 2020. He may even get to 15 percent of the African-American vote, and that is game over!" he added.
"Wow, what makes you say that, Senator? asked Cavuto.
"Well, listen to what the Democrats are saying. They have top-tier candidates that say red-lining was a good thing, having a negative impact on African-American home ownership," Scott said.
"And what is President Trump doing during the same time?" he asked rhetorically. "Simple. He had an executive order to increase affordability of home ownership, and African-American home ownership since he took office is up about 2 percent."
Scott went on to refer to Bloomberg's advocacy for "harassing African-American males through stop and frisk," a controversial law enforcement policy.
"Compare that against President Trump's criminal justice reform packages that are making the justice system more fair for African-Americans disproportionately than it has been in a long time, at least thirty years!" he added.
Scott also cited higher wages, more jobs, and a lessening of the wealth gap. He added that the president had secured permanent funding for historically black colleges and universities for the first time in the country's history.
"President Trump is not just talking a good game, he is walking a good game!" he concluded.
Here's the video of Scott's comments:
.@SenatorTimScott to Neil: President Trump will see a 50% increase in his African American support, it will go from… https://t.co/7UsSJmwnSR— Neil Cavuto (@Neil Cavuto)1582237933.0