A Republican from South Carolina will respond to the president’s first address to U.S. Congress.
Senior Republicans recently appointed Sen. Tim Scott to deliver the GOP’s official response to President Biden’s first speech since being sworn into office at a joint session of Congress on April 28.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fully supported the decision and commended Scott, one of former President Donald Trump’s allies, as a powerful role model.
“Senator Tim Scott is not just one of the strongest leaders in the Senate, he is one of the most inspiring and unifying leaders in our nation,” McConnell said on Twitter. “I am glad he will be delivering the Republican address following the president’s remarks on Wednesday.”
The Senate minority leader described Scott as a family-oriented politician. He supports the promise of every American having an equal opportunity to achieve their highest aspirations and goals in life.
“As Sen. Scott likes to say, he is living his mother’s American dream, and he has dedicated his career to creating more opportunity for our fellow citizens who need it most,” McConnell said in a statement obtained by Fox News.
The Republican also recognized his fellow party member supports many policies the previous Trump administration championed during its time in the White House.
“Nobody is better at communicating why far-left policies fail working Americans,” McConnell said. “Senate Republicans are looking forward to this address from our distinguished colleague.”
Scott has been one of Trump’s biggest and most vocal supporters. He previously found no legitimate reason for anybody to find the former president guilty of ordering extreme protesters to storm the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
“The president is simply not guilty,” he told Fox News’s “America Reports.” “Putting all of the blame on President Trump, or some of the blame for the insurrection is just wrong in my opinion.”
The senator saw the unrest firsthand and revealed he was fully prepared to defend himself if a violent confrontation became unavoidable.
“I was in the chamber when the rioters were coming over, I was taking my jacket off, my tie off, rolling my sleeves up just in case I had to fight,” he said. “The chances of me understanding and appreciating the severity of the situation is 100 percent.”
The Republican believes neither those peaceful demonstrators who stayed outside nor the previous president should be blamed for smashed windows, vandalized public property, seized offices, and even a complete evacuation of both the House and Senate.
“The one person I do not blame for that situation is President Trump,” he said. “I do not blame the nonviolent protesters outside. I blame the individuals coming in the chamber, coming in the building. The Democrats should put the blame where it stands, where it should be, and it does not, it does not have to do with the president who said go ‘peacefully’ to protest.”
A Senate trial eventually acquitted President Trump and rejected the Democratic Party’s request to remove him from public office by impeaching him for the second time in a row.