Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) delivered the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden‘s address to Congress Wednesday night. Scott accused Biden and Democrats of “pulling us further and further apart,” and criticized Biden’s flagship reform programs “big-government waste.”

“Our best future will not come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams; it will come from the American people — black, Hispanic, white, Asian, Republicans and Democrats,” Scott said. “Brave police officers and black neighborhoods. We are not adversaries. We are all in this together.”

“The beauty of the American dream is that families get to define it for themselves,” Scott said. “We should be expanding opportunities and options for all families, not throwing money at certain issues because Democrats think they know best.”

Scott’s characterization of Biden’s tax proposals and education reform plans came just hours after Biden announced plans to make community college free for all and expand America’s federal paid family leave program.

Scott’s speech was quickly followed by remarks from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). “Behind President Biden’s familiar face, it’s like the most radical Washington Democrats have been handed the keys, and they are trying to speed as far left as they can possibly go before American voters ask for the car back,” McConnell said. “But it’s not too late. This White House can shake off its daydreams of a sweeping socialist legacy that will never happen in the United States.”

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