On Tuesday, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), told “The Story” that “liberal Democrats” sent him offensive voicemail messages throughout his push for police reform.
He told host Martha MacCallum that he played the messages for his Republican colleagues during a closed-door lunch last week.
“We had dozens — more than a dozen of them.”
“I only played two of them, which were the most racially offensive comments from liberals in this country. They called to say that I was in their crosshairs,” he continued.
“It was so profanity-laced, you can’t play five seconds of those videos on your show because there are that many f-bombs, the n-word — by liberal Democrats — causing a stir in my office, threatening my life. It is the most audacious, repugnant behavior I’ve seen in a very long time.”
Scott, the sole black Republican in the Senate, also responded to House Majority Whip James Clyburn’s claim that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was the reason Democrats blocked debate on Scott’s police reform bill last week.
Clyburn had told MacCallum earlier in the week that Senator Scott’s frustration over the failure of his bill shouldn’t be with the Democrats who blocked, it “ought to be with Mitch McConnell.” He added that the majority leader should have let Scott work with Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris on “bipartisan legislation.”
Scott clearly didn’t feel that was an accurate representation of the situation, correcting the record by saying “I had multiple conversations with Democrats, including those two [Booker and Harris], about what they saw that needed to be changed in the bill.”
The Senator does clearly place the blame for the bill’s failure on Democrats. He told MacCallum, “I offered them … 20 amendments to do the changing. They still walked away from the opportunity.”