Tim Scott says US needs leader to unify country without ‘crisis’ like 9/11, slams Biden’s ‘crushing’ speech
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Sen. Tim Scott, R.S.C., reflected Sunday on how the American people came together 21 years ago in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, saying it was the most unified that he had ever seen in the country.
In an interview with « Fox News Sunday », new host Shannon Bream asked the South Carolina Republican if it was a « chimera » to think the country could unite again in this way, in light of the current polarized political climate.
« Not at all, Shannon, » Scott said. « The good news is that America always comes together after the crisis. I call it the post-war mentality. Whether it’s 9/11, the most unified period I’ve seen in history American, or whether you look at South Carolina after the shooting of Mother Emanuel. »
The senator recalled how, after the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in which Dylann Roof killed nine members of the black congregation, blacks, whites and Hispanics all rallied.
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« I believe we are the most exceptional people on earth, and we come together after crisis. The question is whether we can have the kind of leadership that unifies us without crisis, » Scott said. « And what we haven’t seen from the Biden administration is that kind of unifying message that people are rallying around. »
Instead, Scott said, the current administration has conversations about taxpayers footing the bill for student loan forgiveness for those earning high salaries, and brags about a 0% increase in inflation. from one month to another while global inflation has been 8.5% for a year.
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« And why would we ask the President of the United States to give a heartbreaking, pointless, polarizing and inflammatory speech? » the senator asked, referring to President Biden’s speech in Philadelphia, in which he spoke out strongly against « MAGA Republicans » aligned with former President Donald Trump. « We have done better, we will do better, and that is why elections have consequences. »
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Scott, who has been rumored as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, went on to say that leaders need to have « difficult conversations with American voters » that deal « not with red or blue solutions, but with American solutions. »
« If we were to have the tough questions and the tough conversations about the future of America, not the future of Republicans or Democrats, » Scott added, « we would actually earn the respect of the American people and let the voters make the decisions themselves. »