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sen. Tim Scott, RS.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 united he had ever seen in the country.
In an interview with “TBEN News Sunday,” new host Shannon Bream asked the South Carolina Republican if it’s a “mirage” to think the country could reunite that way, given 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 aftermath mentality. Whether it’s 9/11, the most united time I’ve seen in American history, or you’re looking at South Carolina after the shooting of Mother Emanuel.”
The senator recalled how after the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, SC in which Dylann Roof killed nine members of the black congregation, black, white, and Hispanic people all gathered.
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“I believe we are the most exceptional people on Earth, and we are uniting after the crisis. The question is whether we can have the type of leadership that unites us without a crisis,” Scott said. “And what we haven’t seen from the Biden administration is that kind of unifying message that people are gathering around.”
Instead, Scott said, the current administration is talking about taxpayers footing the bill for canceling student loans for those earning high salaries, boasting a monthly inflation rate of zero percent amid headline inflation for a year at 8.5%. is. past.
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“And why should we let the President of the United States deliver a heartbreaking speech that was unnecessary, polarizing and incendiary?” the senator asked, citing President Biden’s speech in Philadelphia in which he spoke out strongly against “MAGA Republicans” aligned with former President Donald Trump. “We’ve done better, we’ll do better, and that’s why elections have consequences.”
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Scott, who is rumored to be a potential presidential candidate for 2024, went on to say that leaders need to have “hard conversations with American voters” that are “not about red or blue solutions, but about American solutions.”
“If we had the tough issues and the tough conversations about America’s future, not the future of Republicans or Democrats,” added Scott, “we would earn the respect of the American people and voters to do their own thing.” decisions.”