While speaking at the annual leadership summit of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) delivered a strong message about combating antisemitism and taking a stand against university students who support Hamas and their acts of terrorism against Israel.
Scott began by stressing the need to root out antisemitism from American society, referring to it as a cancer that requires cultural chemotherapy. He didn’t mince words, asserting that any university allowing itself to become a platform for evil should lose its federal funding.
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He went on to speak about his commitment to advancing legislation in the Senate aimed at defunding universities that harbor antisemitism, a statement that garnered applause from the audience.
Highlighting America’s history of protecting Jews, Scott criticized pro-Palestinian students at institutions like George Washington University, who put up messages celebrating Hamas terrorists onto school buildings, calling them “matyrs.” He also chastised university administrators for their “deafening silence” or “equivocation.”
Then came his real message: “A federal subsidy for your education is not a right. It’s a privilege. A visa so foreign students can study here — it’s not a right. It’s a privilege.” He passionately defended the rights of Jewish Americans to live safely and study without fear.
“Do you want to know what a right is? The right of Jewish Ameircans to walk down the street in safety. That’s a right. Do you want to know what a right is? The right of Jewish students to study in their own college library without [it] being suggested that you hide in an attic. That’s a right!” the GOP presidential candidate went further.
To underscore his point, he called for American students who support Hamas to become unemployable and demanded the immediate expulsion of members of Congress who support anti-Israel groups like the pro-Hamas Democratic Socialists of America.
Scott’s stance aligns with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ firm position on revoking student visas for those demonstrating in support of Hamas. DeSantis made it clear during an interview on Newsmax last Monday that foreign nationals on student visas should not be demonstrating in favor of Hamas and terrorist attacks against innocent people in Israel, as their visas can be revoked based on government policy.
“And so what I would say is, if you are foreign nationals on a student visa if you’re out, demonstrating in favor of Hamas and terrorist attacks, against that innocent people in Israel. I would yank the visa. I would send you home,” he added.
The GOP presidential candidate also repeated his stance at the Republican Jewish Coalition, saying, “When I’m president, if you are in our country on a student visa and you are making common cause with Hamas, I am canceling your visa and I’m sending you home where you belong.”