Tim Scott Slams The Senator Who Just Called His Reform Plan A “Token” Measure

(Tea Party 247) – Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), the only black Republican senator, has been derided as a “token” by the leftist powers that be in Washington and in the media complex, for stepping to the plate to work with the GOP to put forth a bipartisan police reform bill in the wake of widespread unrest in response to the death of George Floyd.

Scott may be the only black Republican Senator, but the Democrats have a whopping two black Senators on the hill–Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Now, Scott is calling out Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) for calling the reform bill Scott worked on as a “token” measure in no uncertain terms.

“Y’all still wearing those kente cloths over there @SenatorDurbin?” Scott asked to Durbin’s seemingly deliberate use of the word “token”:

Durbin’s floor speech had played heavily to the favor of the far-left activists who he credited with driving lawmakers to make a change, Breitbart reports.

“‘You’re supposed to be in charge; you’re supposed to have the authority,’” he said of the protesters’ demands.

“So what we say on the Democratic side is we cannot waste this historic moment, this singular opportunity,” the minority whip continued. “Let’s not do something that is a token, half-hearted approach”:

Scott’s mic drop dig at Durbin was a reference to the stunt put on by several prominent Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) all sporting Kente cloths with their masks and taken a knee for a nine-minute moment of silence in honor of Floyd.

This shameful display of virtue signaling drew criticism from both sides of the aisle:

The Republicans unveiled their reform bill on Wednesday, as Breitbart reported:

The GOP legislation would beef up requirements for law enforcement to compile use-of-force reports under a new George Floyd and Walter Scott Notification Act, named for the Minnesota man whose May 25 death sparked worldwide protests over police violence, and Scott, a South Carolina man shot by police after a traffic stop in 2015. Scott is not related to the senator.

It would also establish the Breonna Taylor Notification Act to track “no-knock” warrants. The 26-year-old was killed this year after police in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky used a no-knock warrant to enter her Louisville home.

Focusing on ending chokeholds, the legislation encourages agencies to do away with the practice or risk losing federal funds — but does not require them to do so. Many big city departments have long stopped the use. The legislation also provides funding for training to “de-escalate” situations and establish a “duty to intervene” protocol to prevent excessive force.

“We hear you,” Scott said. “I think this package speaks very clearly to the young person and his concern when he stopped by law enforcement officers.”

Scott has addressed the accusations of “tokenism” previously.

“Not surprising the last 24 hours have seen a lot of ‘token’ ‘boy’ or ‘you’re being used’ in my mentions,” he said.

“Let me get this straight…you DON’T want the person who has faced racial profiling by police, been pulled over dozens of times, or been speaking out for YEARS drafting this?” Scott asked.

“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,” he pointed out.

“Ask my Dem colleagues what their staffs look like…I guarantee you won’t like the answer,” the lawmaker added:

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