The Republican Party, the party that is oft-portrayed as being racist segregationists, hell-bent on sending America back to a pre-civil rights era, recently had the first African-American senator elected from the South since the Reconstruction.
On Tuesday, Tim Scott was sworn into office.
Watch the footage below as history is made for Tim Scott, the Republican Party, the South, and America as a whole …
Via the Greenville News:
Sen. Tim Scott, the first African-American elected to the Senate from the Deep South since Reconstruction, took the oath of office Tuesday, surrounded by his South Carolina Republican colleagues.
Vice President Joe Biden first administered the official oath on the Senate floor, then the ceremony was re-created in the Old Senate Chamber, last used in the 19th century when slavery was the dominant issue of the day.
Scott, a 49-year-old conservative from North Charleston, noted the significance.
“I call it the nation of second chances,” he said afterward. “I think the good Lord has given the nation a second chance. And I think many people in this country have had a second chance, like myself.”
Scott was sworn in with his mother by his side holding the Bible, somebody he credits with keeping him in high school by instilling a sense of hard work and firm discipline.
Watch the video here.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) called the swearing-in ceremony for Tim Scott “One of the happiest days of my life.”
What do you think about Scott’s swearing-in? Is it yet another sign that the Democrat Party’s portrayal of conservatives as racist is falling apart?