WASHINGTON, DC (WMBF) – He's got jokes, folks! The junior Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Tim Scott, had the audience in stitches in a 15-minute speech at the Annual Congressional Dinner Wednesday night that poked fun at everyone from former Gov. Nikki Haley to President Trump himself.
Watch the speech from C-SPAN.org below:
Sen. Scott opened his speech with some self-deprecation: "I first got the call to speak tonight and I was excited and I was nervous and they said, 'Senator Scott, we want to hear from most outstanding African-American in the Senate. I said, 'Yeah baby!' And then they said, 'But Senator Cory [Booker] was not available. Can you fill in for him?"
Sen. Scott also made light of tensions between minorities and law enforcement: "Now, I know that this is not an occasion to discuss issues. I know that. But with all that has been going on between the minority communities and law enforcement I want to say, I love the police, and I tell that to the officer each and every time he pulls me over and asked me, 'Is this my car?'"
Greta Van Susteren, the event's MC, was also the target of one of Sen. Scott's zingers: "it is also awesome to have Greta Van Susteren in the house. Now Greta, now that you are with MSNBC, maybe you can clear something up for me. Every time anyone in the media reports fake news, does [Brian] Williams get a royalty?" Williams was fired as anchor of the NBC Nightly News in 2015 for misrepresenting events that occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003.
Sen. Scott went on to talk humorously about his political career: "I came in with 94 congress members, and 84 members that were Republicans. Four of us came in together from South Carolina. We became like brothers - Mick Mulvaney, Trey Gowdy, Jeff Duncan - obviously, brothers from other mothers. Have you seen those fellas?"
Sen. Scott then delivered a joke about how he became the state's U.S. senator: "People say, 'What have you learned personally, being in the Congress and Senate?' Now you all know that we as Republicans do not, we do not believe in affirmative action. We just do not believe in it. However, if you ever get a call from your female Indian governor saying 'Does a brother have a minute? I want to talk with you about becoming a U.S. Senator. Say 'YES!'"
Sen. Scott continued: "People wonder why I never joined the Congressional Black Caucus. I can just tell you, when they asked me to join the Congressional Black Caucus I said, 'Why would I want to join a black group run by a white dude? In the South we call that a plantation!"
He also spoke about Hollywood's reaction to the latest election, ending with this line: "…Washington and Hollywood are actually very different. One is a place that produces fantasy and fiction with jealousy over who gets the best roles, enormous egos and a lot of backstabbing. And the other is where they make movies."
Sen. Scott also weighed in on controversy over the picture of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office: "Has anyone seen the controversy around Kellyanne Conway and the sofa in the oval office? Come on people! Remember the 90s. That couch has had a whole lot worse things - come on now!"
Sen. Scott ended the speech with a jab at both President Obama and President Trump's troubles with Russia: "I hate to speak and run, but I finally got an invite to the White House and as you can imagine, in the last administration I never got invited over to the White House. And tonight is movie night, and I hear we are watching the president's favorite: From Russia with Love. Peace!"