Tim Scott, the South Carolina senator, has been using aggressive language to criticize President Biden for his actions in the wake of the Hamas attack on Israel.
He accused Biden of having “blood on his hands” and suggested that his cash giveaways to Iran helped fund terrorism. Scott also accused Biden of having “blood on his hands” and that his weakness invited the attack.
He referred to the administration’s agreement to unfreeze $6 billion in Iranian oil money this year as part of an exchange for American prisoners.
Christine Spain, the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, said that Scott is employing harsh rhetoric to distract from his inexperience.
He said that we need a president who is loyal to our allies, yet lethal to our adversaries because weakness has never purchased peace.
Being passive is a provocation. Scott has also blown up at far-left Democrats, who he said have become incredibly hostile to the state of Israel.
He called out each congressional member of the progressive “Squad” by name in his speech and called for any Democrat affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America to be expelled from Congress.
Scott has aimed to distinguish himself from other 2024 candidates and emerge as a leader in Israel, highlighting his current work on both the Senate foreign relations and banking committees and past work on the Armed Services committee.
He plans to introduce legislation that would refreeze Iranian assets currently being held in Qatar and called for the Senate Banking Committee to hold a hearing with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and for an investigation into the release of the $6 billion to Iran.
However, Scott’s messaging in recent days has gone beyond highlighting his foreign policy chops. His combative rhetoric has cast Biden as passive, reframing a criticism Scott himself has faced.
He called Hamas’ attack on Israel an act of evil and offered a prayer to the audience of churchgoers that strayed from the often optimistic tone of his scripture-laced speeches on the campaign trail.
Scott’s angrier tone has honed in on Republicans, as he called former President Donald Trump “just wrong” for comments Trump made that were critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In his speech at the Hudson Institute, Scott popped off at both Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy, both GOP primary rivals.
Scott has acknowledged his shift in tone in the days after the attack. He expressed optimism and the belief that God is God of love and justice.