WATCH: Tim Scott rips Dems for ‘pandering’ to black voters with ‘patronizing’ debate comments

President Trump and Republicans won the night in South Carolina, Republican Sen. Tim Scott says on “Fox & Friends.”

Scott called the debate a “hot mess”  and added “it was a really good night for Republicans … and a pathetic performance from my perspective” by Democrats.

“What you saw last night was really pandering and patronizing,” he added.

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WashingtonExaminer reports Sen. Tim Scott said he found the discourse onstage during Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate insulting to black voters in his home state of South Carolina.

“It was a hot mess,” the Republican lawmaker said Wednesday morning on Fox & Friends. “What you saw on the stage yesterday was as if there were no white folks watching seven white candidates talk about black people.”

Scott said, “It was a really good night for Republicans … and a pathetic performance from my perspective” by Democrats.

“What you saw last night was really pandering and patronizing,” he added.

On several occasions Tuesday night, the candidates mentioned the 1994 Crime Bill, the First Step Act, and other criminal justice issues that have affected black Americans in recent years.

Primary voters head to the polls Saturday in South Carolina, a state where the black vote is seen as key to securing the Democratic nomination. Former Vice President Joe Biden feels confident about his chances in the state and received a boost after picking up a key endorsement from Rep. Jim Clyburn, a kingmaker in South Carolina politics.