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As Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas learned years ago, being a conservative black man in America is akin to finding yourself in no man’s land when it comes to the never-ending racially divisive tactics on the left.
Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., is a more recent study of that lesson, with liberals hitting him hard for having an opinion outside the liberal media narrative.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” the Republican senator insisted that racism is not a partisan issue.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on ABC just now: “There is plenty of blame on race on both sides … It’s kind of insincere, or at least not authentic, to suggest one side has a bigger problem than the other.” pic.twitter.com/5V0KaNi3ZY
— The Recount (@therecount) June 21, 2020
“There‘s plenty of blame of race on both sides that we need to be more sensitive on the issue of race in this nation,” Scott insisted. “It’s kind of insincere – or at least not authentic – to suggest one side has a bigger problem than the other.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tapped Scott, the only black Republican senator, to head up a group of senators developing a police reform proposal after the death of George Floyd.
The legislation was unveiled late last week and McConnell is expected to bring it to the floor for a vote this week.
For what it’s worth, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was forced to apologize after calling the bill a “token” approach.
Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin pushes a racist dog whistle on the Senate floor, using the word "token" while discussing the Sen. Tim Scott led bill on police reformhttps://t.co/cB7LG8U8qS pic.twitter.com/QUbksEeazU
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 17, 2020
The GOP measure calls for using federal funds to influence the behavior of local law enforcement agencies, as Scott explained that their goal is to “compel them towards the direction that we think is in the best interest of the nation.”
“The House knows, and the Senate knows, that you can’t ban local use of chokeholds or state use of chokeholds except for the compelled behavior by the federal grants that come into play,” the senator said. “And by removing those federal grants, you actually position those departments to change their behavior, change their policy.”
At the same time, Scott suggested that police need more funding for proper training, not less.
Sen. Tim Scott says his police reform bill would leverage federal funds to “compel” change in local police departments, but adds that police “need more resources, not less resources” to improve training, data collection and other elements of police reform. https://t.co/Alu4wcJ7Hk pic.twitter.com/rTxARrq3fm
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 21, 2020
“We believe that you actually need more resources, not less resources,” he said. “If you want officers to be trained effectively, you have to give them the tools called training to get there. That requires more resources.”
That too proved to be an unpopular opinion on the left.
The responses on the left to Scott’s views are downright disgusting — responses that the media would never permit if he was a Democrat.
Here’s a sampling of some of those responses from Twitter:
Scott is a great example of why blacks don’t trust Republicans. The one black Republican senator has been shucking and jiving all week, making excuses for the killing of black people.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 21, 2020
Tim Scott is a disgrace to Black America. https://t.co/zZRUr90YiA
— Lavel (@USAFriendie01) June 21, 2020
His black card was revoked a long time ago.
— The Education Diva (@EducationDiva10) June 21, 2020
Sen. Tim Scott is additional proof that a black face in a high space is not sufficient.
— Sandy Darity, Retweets do not mean endorsement. (@SandyDarity) June 21, 2020
— Jean Russell (@Jean22Russell) June 21, 2020
I wish someone would do a documentary on how Tim Scott got this coonish. https://t.co/YVMIHco7Fr
— Okra is nasty. (@lyn_cade) June 21, 2020
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