Tim Scott clashes with Ron DeSantis over Florida slavery curriculum

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Florida education becomes an Iowa issue.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina has criticized fellow Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for supporting new standards that require teachers to instruct middle school students that slaves developed skills that “could be applied for their personal benefit.”

“What slavery was really about was separating families, about mutilating humans and even raping their wives. It was just devastating,” Scott, the sole Black Republican in the Senate, told reporters on Thursday after a town hall in Ankeny. “So I would hope that every person in our country — and certainly running for president — would appreciate that.”

“People have bad days,” Scott added. “Sometimes they regret what they say. And we should ask them again to clarify their positions.”

DeSantis has been facing criticism from Florida teachers, civil rights leaders, President Joe Biden’s White House and even Black Republicans on the school standards. Vice President Kamala Harris, the nation’s first Black vice president, traveled to Florida last week to condemn the curriculum.

DeSantis fired back on Friday, saying that “part of the reason our country has struggled is because D.C. Republicans all too often accept false narratives, accept lies that are perpetrated by the left.”

Campaigning in Iowa, he added that he was “defending” Florida “against false accusations and against lies. And we’re going to continue to speak the truth.”

The back-and-forth marked a shift in campaign styles for both DeSantis and Scott, who have not directly critiqued each other and have instead focused much of their antagonism toward President Joe Biden. It also comes as DeSantis’ effort has endured a mid-campaign reset, making staffing cuts to accommodate campaign expenses.

Associated Press


  • TJC

    July 29, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    So Tim Scott sees the light when it comes to DeSantis’s attack on Black people in Florida, but he’s okay with DeSantis attacking LGBTQ+ children and adults. What a coward, sticking up for Black history on the one hand and hiding behind religion on the other.

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    • Dont Say FLA

      July 30, 2023 at 1:12 pm

      A South Carolina politician calling DeSantis out over his attacks on LGBTQ+ folks, that is a job for Lindsay Graham. Not that he will do it, but he should be doing that.

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Campaign Manager" American

    July 29, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    Good evening America,
    Tim is encouraged to be carefull in his choice to shill for the Looser of the last race for President, Trump. Tim regardless of what Trump promised you, he cant deliver, because he cant win regardless of what early polling says.
    Bad decision to throw poop on “The Ronald” Tim.
    “scrub scrub scrub brush brush brush”
    Whats that you say? Oh you mean that scrub scrub brush brush sound you heard?
    Oh thats just the sound of someone eraseng some ungratefull sell-out off our list of VPOTUS considerations.
    Have a great weekend America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • My Take

    July 29, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    Pro-Slavery DeSScumtis is finally too much for a few Republicans. Pro-Fascism remains OK.

  • Beverly Brevity

    July 29, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    “Looser” is not the spelling of the word you were groping for, Earl: loser.
    “Looser” means your pants fit differently now that someone (definitely not you) has shed 10 pounds of bullshit. “Loser” is someone who can’t win.
    And too many words, Earl. Always too many words. It sounds like you are masturbating. Wackety wacky wacky wack. Etcetera.

    • My Take

      July 29, 2023 at 11:36 pm

      And “loooser” (often in italics and with an exclamation point or two) means a super-dooper loser.

  • My Take

    July 30, 2023 at 1:07 am

    DeSSantis has sure stirred up things in the GOP.
    LOTS of headlines. Only his campaign seems to be vocally for him. On the chute to political loserville.

  • PeterH

    July 30, 2023 at 1:22 am

    It’s clear that Ron DeSantis knew that these revisionist slavery principles were part of Florida’s academic curriculum! If he didn’t know or didn’t agree with the dogma he would have immediately told the academic board to delete the offensive statements!

    Like Trump ….. right or wrong ….. DeSantis will never apologize.

    Let’s remember the way DeSantis thinks!

  • My Take

    July 30, 2023 at 4:33 am

    I think DeSSlantis should claim to be the reincarnation of JC . . . JC Calhoun.
    It’s no more outrageous than claiming to be God’s Chosen Warrior.

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Campaign Manager" American

    July 30, 2023 at 8:56 am

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    Basically we have proven beyond a shadow of doubt that it is 100% the great truth, knowledge, and wisdom which triggers the leftist brain much like finger nails scraping accross a chalkboard.
    As for the brevity aspect:
    Kind of the same thing as reaserch, has again proven, the leftist brain can only hold a miniscule amount of information and more than 2 or 3 sentences causes painfull LBO (leftist brain overload).
    Thank you Bevs you have greatly honored me, Earl Pitts “Part-Time Brain Scientist” American, love ya girl.

    • Don’t Look Up

      July 30, 2023 at 12:37 pm







  • My Take

    July 30, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Can DeSSlantus get any worse? Sure he can.
    I next expect a demand for reverse reparations to pay for that vocational training.
    Like long overdue student loans.

  • Igary salters

    July 30, 2023 at 9:53 pm

    just want to say this black man that can not or will not call out systemic racism or profess that it assist have no standing in the black community and his stance on affirmative action which help him attain his position is also against the black community and let me say this the way everyone is framing this issue about how slavery is to be taught is all wrong from the start first the complete and true history of black people have never been taught to this day accept for students that attend HBCU people only talk about slavery as if black history start with slavery let me educate America now the white men arrived in africa to steal black people and bring them to a stolen land that they stole from the people that was already here the enslave stolen black people from Africa was not taught any skills by their white enslavers remember it was against the law for the black enslave people to learn to read and write so let go from there the stolen enslaved black people from Africa were people of royality desendants of kings and queens in the land of Africa these people were hunters farmers they were builders they were iron workers remenber these was the people who built the great prymids and there is historic facts that these people of Africa had work with electricity in the home land of africa they the women were and always great cooks they kept records of their tribes history sothat put to rest that white people taught the black stolen and enslave peole how to read and write and how to do iron work how to farm land our history is more than slavery Christopher Attuck a black slave was one of the first men to died in the revolutionary war their were black men with Andrew Jackson at the battle of New orleans during the war of 1812 black men built the white house the residence of the President of the united States and black sailor who was a cook in the US Navy took control of an anti aircraft gun onboard a ship during the attack on Pearl Harbor shot down several Japanese planes and the redtails the all black Army Air Corps fighter group became the only US fighter group to not lose a single US bomber to Germans fighter planes saving hundreds of white bomber crews and when General Patten was sent with his 3rd Army units to rescue the US Army 101th Airbourne Division that was surrouned by Germans in Bastonge there were the all black US Army 379th tank and infrantry unit and let not forget that our servicemen and women was able receive mail because of the all black women mail units and now when it come to the United States space program all that is taught in our school is the white men that went into space well to the uneducated these men would not have made it into space and returned to earth safely without the many black women who were mathmatians who programs the computers for NASA so as you see it is not issue of whether the stolen and enslave black people benefited from slavery is so damn stuip all this racist white man by the name of Ron Desantis is trying to do is white wash our history to keep the true black history from being taught is to try and keep young black people from learning where they come from and to keep young white kids from learing that their status in the world is not that of the supreme race of peo[le he is just a little white man who so racists it is the only card he can play and the black member of the GOP is just as giuilty of discrimmination of black people they are uncle toms enough said and until the repayment of America greatest injustice of the stealing of black people from Africia and bringing them here to the stolen land of the people that were already here this country will never become the free country that it is striving to become

    • My Take

      July 30, 2023 at 10:20 pm

      The French Foreign Legion encountered, fought, and were impressed by units of black women warriors in subsaharan Africa.

      The Red Tail P-51 pilots stuck with and protected the bombers–their assigned job. White P-51 pilots ababdoned the bombers to go dogfight Germans and try to become aces.

    • My Take

      July 31, 2023 at 12:58 am

      Slaves taught southern white plamters what rice is, how to grow it, how to cook and eat it, and made rice-plantation states the richest in the union for a while.

  • My Take

    July 31, 2023 at 12:51 am

    Do DeSSlantis’s standards talk about the happy slaves singing all day as they worked?
    Part of the instructional material could be a musical.

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