The only black Republican Senator, Tim Scott, challenges Donald Trump. Who is the man who grew up poor and is seen by some as the ideal running mate?
There are many white women and men in the room when Tim Scott starts to joke about the color of his skin. “Listen, this might surprise you,” said the 57-year-old at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire in early May. Short pause in tension. “I am black.” Laughter.
The Republican has represented his home state of South Carolina as a Senator in the United States Congress for over ten years. In the country’s more than 250-year history, only eleven blacks have belonged to the Senate, and Timothy Eugene Scott is currently the only one on the Republican side.
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