Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said the recent anti-Israel protests on college campuses are comparable to what America experienced at universities during the 1960s with demonstrations against the Vietnam War.

Scott made the remarks during a Sunday interview on NBC News’s “Meet The Press” with Kristen Welker when asked if he supported the right to protest.

“Well, we certainly respect the right to peaceful protest,” he said. “What we’re seeing on college campuses, however, is too often not peaceful protest. There’s a reason why there’s been more than 2,000 arrests and detainments on college campuses. It’s because people are being hit. They’re vandalizing and they’re breaking into buildings.”

“What we have to understand is the anti-Semitism that we’re seeing on college campuses today is akin to what we saw in the 1960s,” he continued.

He said that Americans should be able to unite to condemn the anti-Semitism on college campuses.


“What’s not clear is why it took so long for President Biden to come to a microphone and condemn antisemitism,” he said. “The reason, in part, is because his base refuses to let him do so. He’s pandering to politics as opposed to standing up for fairness and standing against antisemitism. I would simply say this to every college president and university in America: Your federal funding is a privilege. It is not a right. A right is for every Jewish kid on campus to walk to class safely. What is a right is for every Jewish kid to study in a library peacefully. We need to make sure that every student feels that kind of security on every campus in America.”



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