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Tim Scott invokes Breonna Taylor, George Floyd in Trump convention speech

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDemocrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness Liberals should embrace Trump's Supreme Court nominee Romney slams Trump for refusing to denounce QAnon on national television MORE (R-S.C.), the only Black Republican in the Senate, invoked the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in his remarks to the Republican National Convention on Monday evening. 

"This isn't how I pictured tonight, but our country is experiencing something none of us envisioned," Scott said. “From a global pandemic to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, 2020 has tested our nation in ways we haven’t seen for decades." 

The deaths of Floyd and Taylor, along with numerous other unarmed Black Americans, helped spark the nationwide reckoning on racial injustice and police brutality earlier this year. 

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But Scott, who spearheaded an ultimately unsuccessful police reform bill, offered an optimistic outlook ahead of the election, describing his own experience as an African American. 

"While this election is between Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE and Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE, it is not solely about Donald Trump and Joe Biden," Scott said. "It's about the promise of America. It's about you and me. Our challenges and heartbreaks, hopes and dreams. It's about how we respond when tackling critical issues like police reform." 

The senator went on to describe how he was "living his mother's American dream" after growing up in a poor, single-parent household. 

"She knew that if we could find the opportunity, bigger things would come," he said. 

Scott went on to hit Biden's record on race, pointing to his past comments and record on the 1994 crime bill.  

“Joe Biden said if a Black man didn’t vote for him, he wasn’t truly Black. Joe Biden said Black people are a monolithic community. It was Joe Biden who said poor kids can be just as smart as white kids," he said. 

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He then praised Trump's work on criminal justice reform, as well as building "the most inclusive economy ever."

Scott, along with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyGraham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' 'The soul' versus 'law and order' Author Ryan Girdusky: RNC worked best when highlighting 'regular people' as opposed to 'standard Republicans' MORE, presented a diverse side to the Republican Party, which is often criticized for what critics say is a lack of inclusion. 

The senator's address appeared to be well received by Republicans, including former South Carolina Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdySunday shows preview: Election integrity dominates as Nov. 3 nears Tim Scott invokes Breonna Taylor, George Floyd in Trump convention speech Sunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington MORE (R), who tweeted "Tim Scott 2024!"