Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) covered up the party’s disagreement over migration and wages during his prime-time response to President Joe Biden’s address to Congress.
“The Republicans should have made a bigger issue of it, not only hammering the border [crisis] … but in specifically criticizing excessive immigration and its effect on working Americans,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “They still haven’t learned the lesson; they still haven’t fully internalized the political imperative and the policy imperative of populism,” he added.
Scott responded to Biden’s downbeat, low-key speech by championing the United States’ open culture and by touting the U.S. economy during President Donald Trump’s tenure.
But the South Carolina Republican excluded Trump’s lower-immigration/higher-wage policies from his explanation for Trump’s good economy:
Just before COVID, we had the most inclusive economy in my lifetime. The lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for African Americans, Hispanics,