2024 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., on Friday denounced U.S. colleges and universities that he says allow anti-Semitism to flourish on campuses, saying they should “lose their Pell Grant funding.”
In an interview on “American’s Newsroom,” host Bill Hemmer asked Scott about the rise in anti-Semitic incidents and whether they could be attributed to college campuses.
Hemmer said: “The rise of anti-Semitism is widespread and we have seen it across America. We see it all over New York every day – the rallies again last night in Lower Manhattan. all that.”
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The host then played a clip of Noa Foy, a Columbia University student, telling the FOX Business hosts that “every day” she sees “a new form of protest, a new form of hatred, a new form of anti-Semitism” on campus.
When asked if he planned to resolve the issue, Scott said, “Absolutely.” He then touted one of his earlier policy proposals, saying: “One of the things I’ve been saying since 2016 is that we need to codify a definition of anti-Semitism for our college campuses. »
“The eruption of anti-Semitism began several years ago, but it has not been contained,” Scott said.
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“Now we see ourselves with foreign students on university campuses, and with our own students, uniting to call for Jewish genocide,” he added. “They are actually advocating mass murder and encouraging genocide.”
The presidential candidate presented his latest policy proposal to combat this anti-Semitism on campus, proposing that the government stop providing scholarships to undergraduates who attend colleges where such speeches take place.
“Universities and colleges that fail to hold them accountable should lose their Pell Grant funding,” the presidential candidate said.
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Created by the Higher Education Act in 1965 to promote access to education, Federal Pell Grants are special scholarships reserved for undergraduates and certain other students with the greatest financial need.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.