South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott on Wednesday said “America is not a racist country” during a rebuttal of President Joe Biden’s first congressional address.
“Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” he said. “It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination, and it’s wrong to use our painful past to honestly shut down debates in the present.”
Scott went on to defend Georgia’s voting law, which has received sharp backlash from major corporations and high-profile liberals. Scott, alongside many conservatives, insisted the bill makes it “easier to vote and harder to cheat.”
“I’m an African American who has voted in the South all my life,” he said. “I take voting rights personally. Republicans support making it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”
“And so do voters,” he added. “Big majorities of Americans support early voting, and big majorities support voter ID, including African Americans and Hispanics. Common sense makes common ground. But today, this conversation has collapsed.”
Scott continued: “The state of Georgia passed a law that expands early voting; preserves no-excuse mail-in voting; and, despite what the president claimed, did not reduce Election Day hours. If you actually read this law, it’s mainstream. It will be easier to vote early in Georgia than in Democrat-run New York. But the Left doesn’t want you to know that. They want people to virtue-signal by yelling about a law they haven’t even read.”
Biden, before Scott’s rebuttal, said voting rights in the country were under siege.
“And if we are to truly restore the soul of America, we need to protect the sacred right to vote,” he said. “More people voted in the last presidential election than ever before in our history — in the middle of one of the worst pandemics ever. That should be celebrated. Instead, it’s being attacked. Congress should pass H.R. 1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and send them to my desk right away.”