The phrase “Uncle Tim” trended on Twitter Wednesday night after Senator Tim Scott, the Senate’ lone black Republican, delivered the GOP’s rebuttal to President Biden’s State of the Union address.
Since 1966, when the sitting president has delivered his State of the Union address on the condition of the nation to a joint session of Congress, a member of the opposing political party has delivered a rebuttal that is broadcast directly afterward. This year, Republicans tapped Scott for the job.
“We just heard President Biden’s first address to Congress. Our president seems like a good man,” Scott said in his speech.
Scott went on to criticize Biden for failing to deliver on the unity he promised Americans and declared that Biden and Democrats are “pulling us further apart.”
“His speech was full of good words. But President Biden promised you a specific kind of leadership. He promised to unite a nation. To lower the temperature. To govern for all Americans, no matter how