After President Joe Biden’s largely non-confrontational speech, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, in a response to the BEAF, accused the president and his party of dividing the country into partisan politics.
In a national televised address, Charleston Republican Scott alternated between calling for citizen unity, “attacking Democrats and their initiatives.”
Scott began his speech by commenting on Biden’s campaign promise to be a leader who represents all American interests and works in the corridor. The senator said that while the United States needed a policy to unite its citizens, he did not believe Biden could do it.
“We need a policy-progress that will bring us closer,” Scott said.
“Three months later, the actions of the president and his party divide us more and more,” he added, noting what he described as the success of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Scott used several Republican achievements over the past few years, including the adoption of five bipartisan COVID-19 rescue packages in 2020.
The Charleston Republican said the country should have had a “happy spring” but instead saw how residents felt “divided and worried”.
“People who have so much hope should not feel overwhelmed,” Scott said. “The president who promised to unite us should not push forward the agendas that tear us apart.”
Knocking to make a speech is, of course, significant for the Republican Charleston. Gibbs Knotts, a professor of political science at Charleston College, called it “a huge night for Tim Scott.”
Speaking on the national platform could boost Scott’s prospects for re-election, Knotts said. Scott will be re-elected in 2022.
“He is a big favorite to be re-elected in 2022, but national influence has a number of advantages,” Knotts said. “It will help to avoid competitors, it will help fundraising.”
Knotts called Scott a “major Republican,” adding that he was very different in politics than former President Donald Trump.
“He is much more cooperative and willing to speak out against Trump, especially on racial issues,” Knotts said.
Scott has often spoken out about his own experience as a CIA man, especially when it comes to meeting with police officers. As the only Republican in the Senate, he has a unique place to do so.
On Wednesday night, Scott reconsidered the topic in his speech, saying that “for no reason” he was dragged away by the police and persecuted while shopping in a store.
“Nowhere do we need more common language than in discussing our race,” Scott said, accusing Democrats and progressives of arming the race.
“From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money, gaining power by pretending that we have not made progress. “Doubling the divisions we have worked so hard to heal,” he said.
“You know these things are wrong. Listen to me clearly. America is not a racist country. It is a step backwards to fight against discrimination with different discrimination. “And it is wrong to try to use our painful past to end the current debates dishonestly,” he said.
However, Scott turned to Democrats for not working with him to pass a police reform package in the wake of the assassination of George Lloyd Floyd of Minneapolis, who died after police officer Derek Shovin fell to his knees. Shavin was convicted by a jury of murder and manslaughter charges. Dem Democrats used Filibast to delay the discussion of the package, considering it inadequate.
“My friends across the aisle seemed to want the issue more than they wanted a solution,” Scott said.
“Race is not a political weapon to solve every issue the way one side wants it to be,” he added.
Scott’s speech was in stark contrast to Biden’s remarks, which were televised just half an hour ago.
In his speech, Biden mentioned the achievements of the last 100 days of his administration when it comes to their COVID-19 response. Biden outlined his priorities: in particular, he promoted his $ 2 trillion infrastructure program, which will include improvements ranging from broadband access to climate change through clean energy. During his speech, Biden refrained from calling on specific Republicans, speaking softly when urging them not to work with their Democratic counterparts.