(USA Features) Sen. Tim Scott reiterated his faith in America in a tweet on Monday, while also doubling down on his belief that the country is not inherently racist.
“No amount of backward bigotry will shake my faith in the goodness of America,” he wrote in a tweet. “I meant what I said on Wednesday night, and I’m glad Joe Biden and Kamala Harris agreed with me: America is not a racist country.”
No amount of backward bigotry will shake my faith in the goodness of America.
I meant what I said on Wednesday night, and I’m glad Joe Biden and Kamala Harris agreed with me: America is not a racist country. pic.twitter.com/exKyRfmnrl
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) April 30, 2021
Scott also included a clip of his rebuttal from last week to President Joe Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress in which the South Carolina Republican declared: “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.”
“Nowhere do we need common ground more desperately than in our discussions of race,” Scott said in the clip. “I have experienced the pain of discrimination. I know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason. To be followed around a store while I’m shopping.
“I remember, every morning, at the kitchen table, my grandfather would open the newspaper and read it, I thought,” Scott added. “But later, I realized he had never learned to read it. He just wanted to set the right example.”
He went on to note that most of the racism and bigotry he experienced after his speech came from the left.
“I’ve also experienced a different kind of intolerance,” Scott said. “I get called ‘Uncle Tom’ and the N-word—by ‘progressives!’ By liberals! Just last week, a national newspaper suggested my family’s poverty was actually privilege because a relative owned land generations before my time. Believe me, I know first hand our healing is not finished.”
“Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” said Scott. “It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.”