Not only is it insulting, but it’s also got to be exhausting for Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) to be constantly subjected to disgusting allegations from Democrats, “woke” left-wing activists, and liberally-biased media figures that Senate Republicans “use” him as a “token” when it comes to talking about racially sensitive issues and/or addressing legislation related to race.
Scott usually handles such derogatory claims with the dignity and grace he’s been known for throughout his time in politics, but he took a bit of a different (and far more satisfying) approach after hearing about what fellow Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said about the police reform bill Republicans unveiled today, a bill which Scott led the way in crafting:
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 17, 2020
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (Democrat, Illinois) pushed a racist dog whistle on the Senate floor this morning, using the word "token" while discussing the Sen. Tim Scott led bill on police reform. pic.twitter.com/dvrNpfBpkE
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 17, 2020
Dick Durbin — the second ranking Senate Democrat — just referred to @SenatorTimScott’s bill as a “token” approach, in a floor speech.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 17, 2020
Sen. Scott, however, wasn’t so subtle in his response. Scott casually asked Durbin about whether or not Democrats were “still wearing” the African kente cloths many of them wore last week during a
photo op moment of silence for George Floyd that was widely criticized by even by other Democrats as shameless pandering to the black community:
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 17, 2020
Here’s a photo of that moment, for anyone who missed it:
Before introducing the police reform bill today, top Democrats — all clad in kente stoles — knelt together on the floor to honor Floyd and other black Americans killed by police https://t.co/Rmakk1Oulg
— POLITICO (@politico) June 8, 2020
Last week, Scott also took to the Twitter machine to slam social media keyboard warriors on the left who have called him a “token” throughout the process of crafting the legislation introduced earlier today:
And don’t throw “you’re the only black guy they know” at me either. There are only two black Democratic Senators, stop pretending there’s some huge racial diversity gap in the Senate. Ask my Dem colleagues what their staffs look like…I guarantee you won’t like the answer.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 10, 2020
Ouch. I’d say that settles the “racial diversity gap in the Senate” debate. Next?
Update: Scott also addressed Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor in an emotional speech given on the 5 year anniversary of the racially-motivated Emanuel 9 mass shooting in South Carolina:
GOP Sen Tim Scott on the Senate flr. Takes issue with Durbin calling Scott's police reform bill "a token process." Says Durbin's words "hurts us all." Says it "hurts" to hear language like that, on the 5th anniversary of the Charleston church shooting
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 17, 2020