Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is now reportedly taking aim at Congressman. Hakeem Jeffries of New York for some harsh comments about black conservatives that the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives made when he was a college student more than three decades ago.
Jeffries was the first Black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress.
Scott, a rising star in the GOP and the only Black Republican in the Senate, criticized Jeffries for calling Black conservatives “right-wing opportunists” and seemingly comparing them with the “House Negro” during the enslavement of African Americans in the nation’s pre-Civil War period.
Jeffries’ comments were criticized because they seemed to compare Black conservatives with the “House Negro.”
“You listen to those comments that, as inflammatory and disgusting as they really are, you’re talking about African Americans not being able to think for ourselves. When our leaders suggest that we cannot, that’s always heading in the wrong direction,” Scott said during a Thursday interview.
Scott continued, saying “voters are making decisions based on their future and too often now we’re seeing more and more African Americans making the decision to vote as independents or with the Republican Party.”
Scott added “it scares the dickens out of the left… their polices are so out of line and out of sync with commonsense that they see themselves losing their most important base.”
Last week, Scott announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee as he gets closer to officially entering the campaign for the White House in 2024.
Jeffries made the comments while he was a student at Binghamton University in New York State and served on the executive board of the Black Student Union. He was 21 years old at the time.