Senator Tim Scott has slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ‘outrageous, sinful’ remark that Republicans are trying to ‘get away with murder…the murder of George Floyd.’
Scott, a South Carolina Republican and the party’s only black senator, was speaking on Fox News Radio on Friday when he responded to Pelosi’s remarks about his JUSTICE Act police reform bill.
On Tuesday, Pelosi criticized the Republican bill in an interview with CBS Radio, calling it ‘unsalvageable’ and saying it won’t make ‘any difference.’
‘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 said of Republicans.
‘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.’
Senator Tim Scott (left) has slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (right) ‘outrageous, sinful’ remark that Republicans are trying to ‘get away with murder…the murder of George Floyd’
Scott responded: ‘It was the most outrageous, sinful comment I’ve heard as a public official, period.’
‘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?’
‘There’s only one answer, by the way, one answer,’ Scott 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.
‘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,’ he continued
‘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 went on.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) arrive for a vote to close debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act in the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC on Thursday
Pelosi showed off her expensive refrigerators on late night TV in April
‘She has forgotten so much about reality that she spends too much time in an alternate universe. But the facts are simple,’ Scott 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.’
On Wednesday, Democrats in the Senate blocked debate on Scott’s JUSTICE Act, with the measure falling five votes short of the 60 votes needed to move forward.
House Democrats passed their own bill on Friday, but the Senate is unlikely to take it up and President Donald Trump has vowed to veto it.
After the GOP policing bill stalled this week, blocked by Democrats, Trump shrugged.
‘If nothing happens with it, it´s one of those things,’ Trump said. ‘We have different philosophies.’
Pelosi ended up mixing up names on Friday as she declared the Democrats’ police reform that had been named after George Floyd, to be worthy of ‘George Kirby’s name.’
Pelosi was speaking to reporters at the time and was intending to refer to Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody last month after his neck was knelt upon for almost eight minutes.
George Kirby was a black comedian and singer who was popular in the 60s and 70s who passed away in 1995.
Even though the proposals from Congress share common ground, they diverge widely.
One main difference is that several of the changes proposed by Republicans – such as restrictions on police use of chokeholds, which are already prohibited in many jurisdictions – are banned by Democrats.
Pelosi said she’s all for bringing ideas to the table, but ‘if one person is saying chokeholds and the other is saying no chokeholds, it´s very hard to compromise.’
Law enforcement organizations and some of the nation’s leading business groups, including the influential Business Roundtable of leading CEOs, are encouraging Congress to keep working toward a solution.
But that seems unlikely, with lawmakers’ positions hardening and the parties settled in for a political standoff ahead of campaign season and elections.
Nancy Pelosi offers remarks while she is joined by other members of Congress on the House steps of the US Capitol ahead of the vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the House bill will not pass the Senate
Central to both bills would be the creation of a national database of use-of-force incidents, which is viewed as a way to provide transparency on officers’ records if they transfer from one agency to another.
The bills would also set up new training procedures, including beefing up the use of body cameras.
The Democratic bill goes further, revising the federal statute for police misconduct and holding officers personally liable for damages in lawsuits. It also would halt the practice of sending military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.
Neither bill goes as far as some activists want, with calls to defund the police and shift resources to other community services.
Scott insisted he was open to amending his bill with changes proposed by Democrats. But Democrats doubted McConnell would allow a thorough debate and instead blocked the GOP bill in hopes of renegotiating.