Senator Scott Meets with U.S. Attorney General, Condemns Hate Groups

August 18, 2017, 9:07 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — South Carolina Senator Tim Scott met with members of the media shortly after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise visit to the Palmetto State on Thursday.

“I think we all should be repudiating hate, bigotry, racism. I think it is very important for us to be clear and unambiguous as well. I have been suggesting that we all should take responsibility for our role to play from the White House to your house and my house,” he said.

Senator Scott’s statement was a direct response to what we have heard from the President this week.

The Lowcountry native talked about the responsibility Mr. Trump has to condemn hate groups like ones that showed up in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I think he does have moral authority, that is part of the reason why I have been so vocal about the need for him to be very clear. It is because at the end of the day, when you are President of the United States, you do have moral authority and it’s how we use that moral authority.”

Scott said the main reason he met with the Attorney General was to discuss law enforcement.

AG Sessions spoke about gang investigations earlier in the day in North Carolina.