U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said that "America is not a racist country" during his rebuttal speech to President Biden's Wednesday address to Congress.
Scott, the only African American Republican in the Senate, pushed back on Biden's claim that the greatest threat to the U.S. is white supremacy.
"Hear me clearly," Scott said. "America is not a racist country."
Scott also said that Republicans have supported policies to reform the criminal justice system and to encourage employment regardless of race.
"Just before COVID, we had the most inclusive economy in my lifetime," he said. "The lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians, and a 70 year low nearly for women. Wages were growing faster for the bottom 25% than the top 25%. That happened because Republicans focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans."
Scott added that he understands the "pain of discrimination" and that he hopes Democrats will not block or ignore efforts to pass police reform legislation.
Scott also touched on the coronavirus, school closures, and the push to add new justices to the Supreme Court.