Police reform is said to be the top priority in Congress right now — but listening to Democrats, you wouldn’t know it. Besides refusing to work with Republicans on legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), even accused Senate Republicans of being complicit in the murder of 46-year-old George Floyd late last month.
However, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the lone Black Republican in the Senate who took the lead in crafting the GOP’s police reform bill, took exception to that obstructionism — and he humiliated Pelosi and her fellow Dems in a fiery speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, according to The Daily Caller.
“That’s not a game to win”
It was during a Tuesday interview with CBS News that Speaker Pelosi trashed Sen. Scott’s bill as entirely “unsalvageable” and unworthy of compromise.
“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,” she said, according to Breitbart.
Scott and others were rightly incensed at Pelosi’s smear and demanded an apology, but when asked by NBC News on Wednesday if she would offer up any sort of apology for the accusation, Pelosi held firm. “Absolutely, positively not,” she said, as Breitbart reported.
The senator from South Carolina responded in kind. In a lengthy and heartfelt speech Wednesday, Scott blasted Pelosi’s remarks as “heinous” and slammed Democrats for failing to compromise.
“When Speaker Pelosi says one of the most heinous things I can imagine: that the Republicans are actually trying to cover up murder, the murder of George Floyd with our legislation, that’s not politics,” Scott said, according to a transcript from his Senate office. “That’s not a game to win. That’s you lose. You will sooner or later lose. But immediately every kid around the nation that heard that nonsense lost that moment.”
Punting the ball
Scott went on to highlight what he believes is the real heart of the issue.
“You see, what’s become evident to me is that she knows something that we all know,” the senator said. “She knows that she can say that because the Democrats have a monopoly on the Black vote.” But that doesn’t mean she deserves it.
“No matter the loyalty of the people, the return they get will always continue to go down because in monopolies, you start devaluing your customer,” Scott said. He went on:
You see, today we could have given at the very minimum 70% of what they say would be important for the people we say we serve. But instead of having a debate on that today and getting not five amendments but 20 amendments, a managers amendment, instead of going forward and getting what you want now, they’ve decided to punt this ball until the election.
“The irony of the story is that today and through the rest of June and all of July, what we’re going to have here is, instead of getting 70% of what you wanted or more, you’re going to get zero,” Scott added. “How is that for a return? How is that for loyalty? How does that work for the little kid at a home in North Charleston where Walter Scott got shot?”
It’s all just another example of Democrats putting their interests ahead of the American people. What a shame.