Florida Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) wished fellow Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) well after the senator’s official presidential announcement, saying Scott’s status as a “fellow black Republican” is a major shake-up to the media narrative, but he made it clear he still supports former President Donald Trump.
“Tim Scott is an incredible man who is unwavering in his faith and his love of country. As a fellow black Republican, his entry into the GOP nomination race is a major upheaval for the narrative driven by the media and the left. I’m Team Trump but I wish him well,” Donalds wrote after Scott’s official announcement in North Charleston, South Carolina:
Tim Scott is an incredible man who is unwavering in his faith and his love of country. As a fellow black Republican, his entry into the GOP nomination race is a major shake-up for the narrative driven by the media and the left. I’m Team Trump but I wish him well. https://t.co/YP5EQ2Gej1
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) May 22, 2023
Indeed, Scott officially launched his 2024 presidential bid on Monday, inviting his mother onto the stage and telling the crowd, “We live in a country where it is entirely possible for a child raised in poverty by a mother bachelor in a small one-bedroom apartment to serve one day at the People’s House and maybe even the White House.
Notably, Scott has already received endorsements from two of his colleagues – Sen. GOP Whip, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), the former of whom said Scott would make a “great president “.
“I will be the president who destroys the liberal lie that our country is evil,” Scott said during his speech, referring to his 2021 response to President Biden’s speech:
Two years ago I spoke to the nation and said America was not a racist country. We need to stop undoing our founding fathers and start celebrating them. Finally, my grandfather’s stubborn faith was not just a faith in the goodness of our nation. It was faith in the goodness of our God himself. I will be the president who stops the far left’s assault on our religious freedom. I will preserve one nation, Under God, indivisible – where we honor our Creator and respect every innocent life.
Scott’s announcement comes as the political world awaits an announcement from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has continued to travel across the country – courting Republicans in New Hampshire’s first primary state – touting what he dubbed Florida map. Notably, a majority of Florida’s congressional delegation — including Donalds — has already endorsed Trump.
Trump also reacted to Scott’s official entry into the presidential race, offering kind words to the senator and criticizing DeSantis as the GOP main field slowly expands.
“Good luck to Senator Tim Scott getting in the Republican presidential primary race. He takes on a lot of people fast, and Tim is a big step up from Ron DeSanctimonious, who is totally ineligible,” Trump said.
“I did Opportunity Zones with Tim, a big deal that was very successful. Good luck Tim!” Trump added:
WATCH Scott’s announcement below: