In recent days, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R) has championed the JUSTICE Act, a police reform bill that Democrats made clear early on would not pass, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) saying that the proposal “does nothing.”
Pelosi even went so far as to accuse Republicans of “trying to get away with murder, actually — the murder of George Floyd,” a comment that struck a nerve with Scott. According to the Washington Examiner, the GOP lawmaker responded by taking the speaker and her fellow Democrats to task on the Senate floor.
Scott blasts Dems over reform bill
“They’ve decided to punt this bill until the election,” the Republican lawmaker said Wednesday, according to the Examiner.
“You know why?” he asked. “Because they believe the polls reflect a 15-point deficit on our side, therefore, they can get the vote they want in November.”
Scott went on to explain that in Democrats’ minds, “all they have to do is win the election, then roll in January and get the chance to write the police reform bill without our support at all.”
“But what I missed in this issue is that the stereotyping of Republicans as unhelpful to the Black community is just as toxic and poisonous to the outcome of the most vulnerable communities in this nation,” Scott — the GOP’s sole Black senator — complained. “That’s the issue.”
The senator then attributed ulterior motives to the Democrats’ obstructionism, saying, “Because the ‘who’ matters, they cannot allow this party to be seen as a party that reaches out to all communities in this nation, and unfortunately, without the kind of objectivity in the media that is necessary to share the message of what is actually happening, no one will ever know.”
By way of rebuttal to Pelosi’s shameful accusation against Republicans, Scott recalled an interaction that he had with President Donald Trump following a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that was met with force from violent left-wing counter-demonstrators.
One person died and scores were injured when James Fields crashed his car into a crowd of protesters at the event. Fields ultimately received a life sentence in 2019, as NPR noted.
In his response to the tragedy, Trump made clear to a group of assembled reporters that the neo-Nazi figures who attended the demonstration “should be condemned totally.” However, he also caused a media firestorm by saying that there “were very fine people on both sides,” though, according to RealClearPolitics, he was actually making a reference to those who were in town to protest the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
In a testament to the president’s desire to heal longstanding racial divisions in this country, Scott recounted that the president approached him afterward, recalling, “He leaned in and said, ‘Tell me how to help the folks I have offended.’”
It’s too bad Democrats aren’t interested in following Trump’s lead.