As President Joe Biden doubles down on condemning America as a racist nation, Republicans are putting Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on offense.
The South Carolina senator appears in a new, seven-figure advertisement attacking Biden for dividing America with a “socialist” vision, the Washington Examiner reported. The ad comes on the heels of Scott’s highly publicized rebuttal to Biden’s first big speech to Congress in April.
Republicans put Scott on offense in new ad
In his speech, Scott said that America is “not a racist country” and accused Biden of dividing the nation with strident partisanship while sharing his own personal story of rising through adversity to the halls of Congress.
The new advertisement, titled “Our Finest Hour,” features a 30-second excerpt of Scott’s speech, in which he rebukes Biden for “tearing us apart” with a destructive, “socialist” agenda. “A president who promised to bring us together should not be pushing agendas that tear us apart,” Scott says.
The ad uses imagery of crises that beset Biden shortly after he gave his April address, which coincided with the end of his first 100 days, such as a gas shortage in the southeastern U.S. and violence in Israel that evoked comparisons between Biden and Jimmy Carter.
“Our best future will not come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams. It will come from you, the American people,” Scott continues. “I am confident that our finest hour is yet to come.”
Biden pushes divisive messaging
The ad is an indication that Republican leaders see Scott, the only Black Republican senator and the party’s point man on police reform, as a key figure in countering the Biden narrative on race.
Republicans are betting that a backlash against Biden’s far-left agenda will help them regain Congress next year, as Biden doubles down on critical race theory and trillions in federal spending despite rising inflation and persistently high unemployment.
On the anniversary of the Tulsa race riot Tuesday, Biden repeated his claim that racist whites are an existential threat to America even more profound than Islamic terrorism.
“We do ourselves no favors by pretending none of this ever happened or doesn’t impact us today, because it does still impact us today,” Biden said.
“As I said in my address to the joint session of Congress, according to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today, not ISIS, not Al-Qaeda, white supremacists,” he added.