In GOP response, Sen. Scott says US isn’t racist

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — U.S. Sen. Tim Scott delivered the Republican Party’s response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress Wednesday evening.

The South Carolina senator criticized Democrats for refusing to open schools earlier amid the pandemic and shifted credit away from the Biden administration for the drop in COVID-19 cases and rising vaccination rates.

“Locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of their future. Our public schools should have reopened months ago. Other countries’ did. Private and religious schools did. Science has shown for months that schools are safe,” according to excerpts of Scott’s speech released by his office.

Scott credited the previous administration of Donald Trump with rolling out a vaccine. At the time President Trump left office 16,525,281 vaccines had been administered to Americans. Today, that number stands at 234,639,414.

Scott also used the opportunity to criticize spending in Washington, specifically among Democrats.

“Our best future won’t come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams. It will come from you — the American people,” according to the released excerpts.