Tim Scott Hesitant on Committing to 2024 Election Outcome as Trump's Possible VP

Senator Tim Scott navigates contentious electoral discussions on NBC.

by Nouman Rasool
Tim Scott Hesitant on Committing to 2024 Election Outcome as Trump's Possible VP
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South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, a possible running mate for Donald Trump in a 2024 presidential bid, wouldn't say on the record during an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" that he would accept the results of that vote — despite his history of certifying the results of the 2020 election, which Trump has falsely claimed was corrupted.

Scott, the South Carolina Republican, said:. During the debate, moderator Kristen Welker asked Scott how he was considering being on a ticket with Trump when they didn't share the same opinion on whether the 2020 election was legitimate or not.

"President Trump believes we will win a free and fair election in November and then he will have a second term. There's nothing unusual about that," Scott said. "Every candidate expects, and even hopes, to win. The American people do, too, and I wouldn't question that result — ever — unless it violated the will of the people."

Scott's Evasive Response

However, when pressed directly by Welker to state unequivocally whether he would accept the 2024 election results, Scott demurred, suggesting a foregone conclusion: "The 47th president of the United States will be Donald Trump, and I look forward to a return to lower inflation and unemployment rates," he asserted, sidestepping the question of whether he would acknowledge the results if they indicated otherwise.

The interview grew tense as Welker continued to seek a definitive answer from Scott about his willingness to accept the legitimate outcomes of the 2024 election, regardless of the winner. Despite repeated inquiries, Scott repeatedly dodged giving a straightforward response, at one point stating, "I won’t engage in hypotheticals when I believe the American people are clearly expressing their views through the electoral process." Scott briefly ran against Trump for the Republican nomination before bowing out and endorsing him back in 2016.

He has been on the campaign trail for the former president for months. With his own potential vice presidential run the latest talk in political circles, his not-clear comments in the interview raise fresh questions about what all of this would mean for the integrity of the electoral process and what would happen to the country should the election results be disputed.