Perspectives: Tim Scott and the GOP Rebuttal to Biden’s Speech

Headline Roundup April 29th, 2021

Following President Joe Biden’s first joint address to Congress Wednesday night, Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) delivered the Republican Party’s official response. Scott, the only black GOP senator, spoke on several issues including race, the economy, and party politics, saying, “Our best future will not come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams.” Some criticized Scott’s speech on Twitter by calling him “Uncle Tim,” leading Twitter to block the trend in the name of promoting “healthy conversations.”

Voices in left-rated outlets tended to criticize the speech, sometimes linking it to “Trumpian” rhetoric. Voices in right-rated outlets tended to praise the speech and criticize the left’s reaction, particularly the “Uncle Tim” insult.

Perspectives: Tim Scott and the GOP Rebuttal to Biden’s Speech

From the Center
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ANALYSIS

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott delivered the official Republican response to President Biden's address to Congress.

Scott, the lone Black GOP senator, spoke after Biden concluded his remarks Wednesday night.

When Scott was announced for the role, he said in a statement that he would be "sharing Republicans' optimistic vision for expanding opportunity and empowering working families." In his address, he sought to offer an alternative to the Biden agenda while defending the GOP, and the nation at large, against charges of racism.

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From the Right
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OPINION

Tim Scott gave a competent Republican response to Joe Biden’s mendacious speech last night. And boy, the contrived, hyperbolic outrage and derision we saw from liberal talking heads was something to behold.

Some of it was just farcical. Take MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace’s contention that the speech, in which Scott praised the Trump administration vaccines, was “delivered from a planet where facts don’t matter.” Operation Warp Speed, she claimed, “didn’t do anything to get a needle in the arms, so a lot of disinformation.” Well, it did help boost the life-saving...

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From the Left
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OPINION

The GOP, an increasingly extremist party whose members still can’t all admit that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, has a message for Joe Biden: Stop being so radical and divisive. That was the gist of Senator Tim Scott’s rebuttal to the president’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night. Painting Biden’s calls for unity as “empty platitudes,” the South Carolina Republican accused Democrats of dividing Americans in pursuit of a far-left agenda, and of abandoning GOP lawmakers who sincerely want to come together to advance...

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