Senator Tim Scott spoke to Brian Kilmeade about why former President Trump along with DeSantis, Haley and Ramaswamy are wrong not supporting a 15 week ban on abortion. Scott says this stance allows states like California, New York and Illinois to have abortion on demand. Scott also weighed in on the United Auto Workers strike. Scott says the UAW is wrong to ask for a 30% raise in the current economic environment. Scott also believes President Biden has pulled the rug from underneath the UAW by pushing the automakers to sell more EV’s because it erodes the foundation of the big three automakers which hurts the union workers.
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Speaker 1 [00:00:00] This is the Brian KILMEADE Show. Sign it at 50. Are you talking about a complete ban of ban at 15 weeks? People people are starting to think of 15 weeks. That seems to be a number that people are talking about right now. Would you sign that? I would. I would sit down with both sides and negotiate something and we’ll end up with peace on that issue. For the first time in 52 years, I’m not going to say I would or I wouldn’t. I mean, Desanctis was willing to sign a five week and six week. Bet you support that. You think that. I think what he did is a terrible thing and a terrible mistake, but will come up with a number. But at the same time, Democrats won’t be able to go out in six months, seven months, eight months and allow an abortion. That is the president and foreign press, the United states talking to Kristen Welker yesterday excuse me, on Sunday on our first episode of Meet the Press. And she got get this, she got blowback for interviewing Donald Trump, which is insanity. Senator Tim Scott joins us now. He’s in studio doing a million things that are great to see you off the trail and in our studio.
Tim Scott [00:01:03] Thank you, Brian. This is the trail. You are the man, the myth and the legend. So the good news is I have an opportunity to look you in your eyes and have a conversation about the most important issues facing our country. This is a lot of fun.
Brian Kilmeade [00:01:12] I’m sure you heard or watched the former president. Yes. Friend of yours? Absolutely. Talk about abortion. You separate from him on this?
Tim Scott [00:01:20] I do. I mean, I think I think he’s wrong on the issues related to not having a 15 week limit to stop states like California, New York and Illinois from having abortion on demand up until the day of birth. But he’s not alone. Ryan has the same position. Nikki has the same position, and the VC have the same position as letting the states decide on when they stop abortions. And so far, there are states that suggest that abortions should happen up until the day of birth. More importantly, think about the state of California. California is taking away parental rights for parents who don’t agree with the gender decisions of their children. They’ve just passed that legislation. Giving them the power to decide. Life to me is just dead wrong.
Brian Kilmeade [00:02:04] So what I think Mike Pence has just talked about is I want states to decide. I want everyone to be pro-life, but I know that’s not that way. But have a minimum 15 week. Can we all agree on that? And he wants that to be the federal legislation.
Tim Scott [00:02:17] Well, that’s that’s what I’m sponsoring in a week. I’m thankful that Mike has joined us. He’s a good man, fighting for a very similar position on a similar on a really important issue. I we should celebrate those of us who want to create a culture of life from sea to shining sea within this country that requires leadership. We have to fight for that. Every single day of my presidency, I’ll be fighting to preserve life and to stop crazy states from doing immoral things.
Brian Kilmeade [00:02:46] Do you believe that you guys do not have the red wave in 2022 because of the messaging or the communication on Roe v Wade?
Tim Scott [00:02:53] I don’t. I think that it was a factor, but it was not the primary factor. One of the things that we saw was, frankly, the former president this time Obama getting on the campaign trail and suggesting that Republicans were jeopardizing the democracy. Nothing has been further from the truth. All of my life, other than the Republican Party, the Great Opportunity Party’s standing in the fire for the principles that undergird human prosperity. So to have the radical left. Teaching, selling and lying to the American people about the democracy being in jeopardy. I think that that entire wave of advertising had an impact on the election as much as any one specific issue.
Brian Kilmeade [00:03:36] Do you believe that you would if Donald Trump had lost the election in 2020 and just said, you know, I don’t like what happened, but I’m going to go home, You’ll see me again in four years, as opposed to the protests in the January six and the cases that arrived over there with the documents. If all if he had just gone away and then came back around now to run again, would you even be running?
Tim Scott [00:03:59] It may be a different world. All I can tell you is that where we are today is that we need to have a presidential candidate who becomes our nominee, who has an optimistic, positive message anchored in conservatism that could actually unite not only the Republican Party, but bring independents into our party. I believe I’m the candidate that gets that done quick, fast and in a hurry, so to speak, without that. I do believe that we jeopardize our national value system that is anchored in a Judeo-Christian ethos.
Brian Kilmeade [00:04:28] What do you how do you feel about the UAW strike that’s taking place right now? It looks like they’re beginning to lay workers off. Yeah. And they want a something up to between a 30 and 40% raise. I’m working 32 hours.
Tim Scott [00:04:41] Unbelievable. Here’s what I’ve said several times. And one of the things that you just said is important because once again, states like California want to pay the people who go on strike unemployment benefits. On top of that, the first bill passed in Congress under Joe Biden, a $1.9 trillion COVID air quotes package lacking COVID vaccines in less than 10% for COVID related health. It had $86 billion to shore up the retirement pension plans for union workers because they keep overpromising and under-delivering and putting taxpayers on the hook to shore up these pension plans because unions want. More benefits but few hours. They want more pay for fewer days. You can’t ask for a 30% raise in the current culture and frankly, in any environment, that should be just wrong. You tackle that tap on top of that, Right. 16% inflation of this president. Tack on top of that, this push towards EVs that makes SUVs and trucks less attractive in the market because they’re spending so much time, money and tax credits actually eroding the foundation of the big three automakers who are selling SUVs and trucks. It is the wrong direction for the very union workers in the in Detroit. President Biden is pull the rug from underneath them.
Brian Kilmeade [00:06:18] Senator Tim Scott, our guest. Senator, I want you to hear Josh Hawley last night echo a lot of Republicans. They do not want to. I don’t believe that. I think we have to do we can to to give Ukraine what they need to be successful, but not like the Biden administration is doing it, do it in a timely fashion. And this is what Josh Hawley said last night.
Speaker 3 [00:06:37] We shouldn’t be spending a dime more on Ukraine. We need an accounting of every dime that has been spent so far. And I’m just tired of hearing the president say over and over that we’ve got to invest. This is an investment in the future of every nation. What about our nation? It’s not an investment in our future, in our people, in our jobs. That needs to be the priority.
Brian Kilmeade [00:06:59] So that echoes Byron Donalds. That goes Donald Trump. What about Tim Scott?
Tim Scott [00:07:05] Well, I do think we can chew gum and walk at the same time. Part of the frustration that you hear from the senator and for other members of Congress and frankly from the American people, is that the greatest national security risk that we have today is an open, unsecure, unsafe southern border. Not putting the resources on the southern border exacerbates the conversation in ways around national security that we haven’t seen in a very long time. And President Biden has refused to state what is America’s national vital interest in Ukraine ever. He never has done it. So spending $100 billion without understanding why is really an important part of the equation. Doing so without accountability for every dollar sent over is, in my opinion, a dereliction of duty. So I actually agree we need to have the highest level of accountability for every penny we sent overseas anywhere. And number two, close our southern border, spend the $10 billion in a nation that spends 7 trillion. Spend the $10 billion to finish the wall. President Biden has done exactly the opposite, though. He is selling.
Brian Kilmeade [00:08:10] Off.
Tim Scott [00:08:12] The construction material that would finish the wall. We do need to degrade the Russian military, but we can secure the border of our own nation. We can do both.
Brian Kilmeade [00:08:24] Urban environments, getting 2 to 2 shots to the solar plexus, one with illegal immigrants overrunning their cities and the other one with crime and zero cash bail. Do you believe it can result in more African-American votes? And what have you done to get those votes?
Tim Scott [00:08:39] Well, it was in my first seven days of announcing my run for president, I had a town hall and an African-American church. We had an opportunity to talk about why the Great Opportunity Party has done more good for the African-American community than the Democrats have in the last several years. You think about the fact that it was the GOP when we were in the majority. I helped write the legislation to bring more funding to historically black colleges and universities than any other administration in the history of the country. Yes, Tim Scott and the former President Trump worked together to provide more resources and permanent funding in a way that even President Barack Obama did not. We brought unemployment rates. I wrote the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, one of the three primary authors and President Trump signed it and celebrated it and worked really hard to get it done. That combination brought unemployment for African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, a 70 year low for four for women, 50 year low for the majority population.
Brian Kilmeade [00:09:39] You go to Atlanta, Chicago, up down New York City to go get the African-American vote. Who actually ignores you?
Tim Scott [00:09:45] Absolutely. Well, the good news is one out of three African-American men are probably going to vote for me when I’m the nominee. And so I already have the ability to do what I’ve been doing in South Carolina. I have five times the votes that any other Republicans in my state.
Brian Kilmeade [00:09:58] Senator Tim Scott, he will not be our great message. Thanks, Senator.
Tim Scott [00:10:01] God bless you.