Scott, the GOP’s only black Senator, has discussed with Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif. And other Democrats, the prospect of a bipartisan deal on police reform legislation, an issue that remains dangerous in Congress. Scott and Bass are expected to meet on Thursday to discuss the issue with Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) And Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Bass, hired by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate police reform on behalf of the House Democrats, supports a Floyd bill that the House passed on a part-party vote. Scott has backed an alternative move that Senate Democrats blocked last year, arguing that it hasn’t done enough to reform policing in the US.
Scott on Wednesday offered a rebuttal of the way Democrats talk about race and their differing views of its centrality to the minority experience of the United States today.
“America is not a racist country,” he once said, adding, “Race is not a political weapon to solve every problem the way one side wants it.”
Scott said the way to improve relationships between police officers and color communities in the United States is not to demonize law enforcement.
“I will not cross that line,” he said. “It’s a line that is bad for the community and bad for the officers.”
Scott also said he was stung by the social media response to his Wednesday night speech calling him “Uncle Tim” – a variation on the insult to black people who have become accustomed to white rulers – and other insults. He said it underscores the hypocritical way some on the political left are racing as a beating against Republicans.
“What they want for us is to stay in a little corner and not go against the tide they think is America,” he said.