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U.S. Senator Tim Scott blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her “state of privilege” after she accused Republicans of trying to “get away with murder.”
The South Carolina Republican tore into the Democratic leader during an interview with Fox News Radio’s “The Guy Benson Show” on Friday, wondering how she could “stoop so low” as to suggest he and his GOP colleagues were attempting to get away with the murder of George Floyd.
Pelosi had dismissed Scott’s police reform bill, the JUSTICE Act, as “unsalvageable” in an interview with CBS Radio earlier this week, claiming it won’t make “any difference.”
Senate Democrats blocked the GOP-backed police reform bill and came up with their own “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” which they passed in the House with a vote of 236-181. Scott slammed Democrats on the House floor in an impassioned speech calling out the “stereotyping of Republicans.”
Pelosi, who slammed Scott and the GOP earlier this week, couldn’t even remember the name of the man who died in Minneapolis last month while in police custody, referring to Floyd as “George Kirby” in a press conference Friday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York did no better.
Pelosi gets George Floyd’s name WRONG when talking importance of getting the bill right — Schumer too! https://t.co/AXParEG1Ep
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 26, 2020
“For something to happen, they’re going to have to face the realities of police brutalities, the realities of the need for justice in policing, and the recognition that there’s many good people in law enforcement, but not all,” Pelosi told CBS Radio. “And that we have to address those concerns. So, when they admit that, and have some suggestions that are worthy of consideration — but so far they were trying to get away with murder, actually — the murder of George Floyd.”
Scott unloaded on the Democrat, calling her statement “the most outrageous, sinful comment I’ve heard as a public official.”
The American people deserve real change, not reprehensible political plays. #JUSTICEAct pic.twitter.com/3n1SsdEVvN
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 26, 2020
“I thought to myself, how in the world does this woman, standing in front of a $24,000 refrigerator, have the sense to jump into the bottomless pit of race politics? Why in the world would she want to do that?” Scott told Benson Friday.
“There’s only one answer, by the way, one answer,” he continued. “It’s because she’s lived so long in a state of privilege that she has forgotten that it’s the Republican Party that voted more for the Civil Rights-era legislation than the Democrats.”
The GOP lawmaker gave Pelosi a quick schooling on the track record.
“It’s because she’s forgotten that it was President Trump and the criminal justice reform done in 2018 that made up for the Democrats’ 1994 crime bill. She’s forgotten that it’s the school choice movement that frees more kids in poverty from the poor education system brought to us by the Democrats and the teachers’ unions then they’ve ever seen,” Scott said.
“She has forgotten so much about reality that she spends too much time in an alternate universe. But the facts are simple,” he added.
“Why in the world would she stoop so low? And it’s simply this: They believe — and I truly believe this — they believe that campaigning on police brutality is more important than solving police reform,” he noted.
Scott’s JUSTICE Act fell five votes short of the needed 60 votes to begin debates this week as Democrats objected to parts of the bill such as immunity for police officers in certain situations. Scott called out the political motivations behind the Democrats’ move after they passed their own measure in the House on Thursday.
The Democrats walked out. Their issue is not police reform or helping the kids in the poorest neighborhoods. They want to bring November before July and campaign on police reform. It’s devastating. #JUSTICEAct pic.twitter.com/Zmm59xSkvf
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 26, 2020
“That tells me that their issue is not police reform, their issue is not helping the kids in the poorest neighborhoods, their issue is a political issue … so that, they for the next four months have a chance to campaign on police reform without exactly solving the issues of police reform,” Scott told Fox News host Dana Perino on “The Daily Briefing” Friday, saying it is “devastating for the young souls across the country.”
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