The two lawmakers are both black men representing South Carolina in Congress, although divided into political and ideological worlds. In 2019, Cliburn told the Post and Courier that he had a “nice” relationship with Scott, but in October last year he suggested that Scott, the lone black senator of the Civil Defense, was a Republican symbol.
In the interview, Cliburn also rejected Scott’s claim that Republicans were passing voting rights bills to make election fraud more difficult.
“That’s not true at all. There were no scams,” Cliburn said. “These are just crazy things. And I would hope Tim and everyone else just stop perpetuating this nonsense,”
His position is in line with what President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris said in interviews with NBC and ABC on Thursday, where they both stressed the need to recognize the history of racism in the United States.
“First of all, no, I don’t think America is a racist country, but we also need to tell the truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today,” Harris said.
These comments reflect a debate sparked in part by Scott, who responded to the GOP in Biden’s first joint address to Congress on Wednesday.
“America is not a racist country,” Scott said as he described his own experience of discrimination.