Scott, the only black senator in the GOP, has had discussions with Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) And other Democrats over the prospects for a bipartisan deal on police reform legislation, an issue that continues to be raised. ‘be perilous in Congress. Scott and Bass are scheduled to meet on Thursday to negotiate on the issue with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Cory Booker (DN.J.) and Lindsey Graham (RS.C.).
Bass, who was deputized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate police reform on behalf of House Democrats, is sponsoring a bill bearing Floyd’s name that was passed by the House during a online voting close to the party. Scott has backed an alternative measure that Senate Democrats blocked last year, arguing it hasn’t done enough to reform police in the United States.
Scott offered a rebuttal on Wednesday to how Democrats talk about race and their different take on its centrality in the current minority experience in the United States.
“America is not a racist country,” he said at one point, adding that “race is not a political weapon to solve all problems as one side wishes.”
Scott said the way to improve the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color in the United States is not to demonize law enforcement.
“I won’t cross that line,” he said. “It’s a line that’s bad for the community and bad for the officers.”
Scott also said he was stung by the social media reaction to his speech Wednesday night calling him “Uncle Tim” – a variant of the insult to blacks seen as shying away from whites of power – and d ‘other insults. He said it underscored the hypocritical way some on the political left are using the race as a stick against Republicans.
“What they want for us is to stay in a little corner and not go against the grain of what they think is America,” he said.