By Duncan Smith

There is a reason why Sen. Tim Scott is a rising star in the GOP.

The South Carolina Republican gave an outstanding rebuttal to Joe Biden’s congressional address.

Biden’s speech was filled with the typical liberal claptrap and Marxist wish list items that he’ll play hell getting through Congress without eliminating the filibuster (which Democrats are going to do — count on it).

And Scott addressed most of that.

But his comments — no, his pushback — on the grand lie that “America is a racist country” was superb.

And this is what makes him invaluable to Republicans: In order to be credible, the eloquent things Scott said can only come from a person of color, especially a black American.

“Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country,” he said. “When America comes together, we’ve made tremendous progress. But powerful forces want to pull us apart.”

He added:

A hundred years ago, kids in classrooms were taught the color of their skin was their most important characteristic. And if they looked a certain way, they were inferior. Today, kids again are being taught that the color of their skin defines them again, and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor.

From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress at all — by doubling down on the divisions we’ve worked so hard to heal. You know this stuff is wrong. Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.

It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.

“I know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason. To be followed around a store while I’m shopping…I’ve also experienced a different kind of intolerance,” Scott continued.

“I get called “Uncle Tom” and the N-word — by ‘progressives’! By liberals! Just last week, a national newspaper suggested my family’s poverty was actually privilege because a relative owned land generations before my time. Believe me, I know firsthand our healing is not finished,” he added.

This man is a powerful voice not just for Republicans but for republicans — that is, Americans who don’t want to see the American Terrorist Party destroy our republic.

Republicans should put Tim Scott front and center as often as possible.

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