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Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace tried his level best to get Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. to scold President Donald Trump in the face of violent anti-cop riots breaking out all across America, but Scott wasn’t as easy to manipulate as Wallace may have thought.
Making little effort to disguise his liberal make up these days, Wallace pointed to the convergence of three separate incidents involving race to ask the Republican senator what was going on in America.
Scott noted that “we are having the opportunity to see is the absolute devastation of too many African-American males over too many decades, frankly.”
He explained that it’s because of smartphones and the ability to video events as they take place that the country is able to learn about these incidents.
(Source: Fox News)
Wallace replied that racism seems to be “a systemic problem,” putting up stats that show young men of color are two and a half times more likely to die at the hands of police than white men, adding that police use of force “is the sixth leading cause of death for young men of color.”
While there was no focus on crime statistics offered, Scott replied to say there is “too much abuse within law enforcement towards African-American men.”
“I have been a victim, seven times stopped in one year as an elected official just driving while black,” he continued. “So I am not going to pretend that there isn’t a major racial component but what I will suggest to you is — look, I think it’s actually happening — thank God for video, thank God for film.”
Wallace would soon turn his attention on President Trump, showing several tweets from the president, including one saying “these thugs are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd,” and that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
The other tweets were in response to these “thugs” clashing with the police right outside the White House, with Wallace begrudgingly acknowledging that “Secret Service has to protect the president.”
Conjuring up images of the Civil Rights era, Wallace all but called Trump a racist — the phrase about looting was said by former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967.
“When you hear about the looting starts, the shooting starts, vicious police dogs, it’s that kind of talk from the president of the United States constructive at this moment?” Wallace asked.
“Well, those are not constructive tweets, without any question,” Scott replied, adding that he spoke with the president Saturday morning.
“I told him what I’m going to tell you,” he continued. “I told him, Mr. President, it helps us when you focus on the death, the unjustified, in my opinion, the criminal death of George Floyd. Those tweets are very helpful.”
As he continued laying out constructive ideas he shared with Trump, the impatient Fox News host took another shot at getting Scott to break ranks with the president on national television.
“Senator Scott, I’ve got a minute left,” Wallace interrupted. “Did you — sir, did you speak truth to power and did you say to him when you talk about thugs, when you talk about looting and shooting and you talk about vicious police dogs, what did you say about that?”
“I used similar words that you just used, which is we talked about the fact that there’s a constructive way to have a dialogue with a nation, in a similar fashion that we had a conversation after Charlottesville,” Scott said.
He also said that Trump “will listen if you engage him with the facts of the issue.”
“I think his tweets yesterday were far more responsive after the conversation, and I’m thankful that we can have that conversation,” Scott said, adding that he doesn’t always agree with the president.
“I didn’t agree with him with his Tweets beforehand, but we have the ability to sit down and dialogue on how we move this nation forward and not let the detractors get in the way of what has been a pretty phenomenal couple of years economically,” Scott concluded.
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