Townhall posted an article today about the efforts of Congress to pass a bill that would address the issue of police reform. The article is behind the pay wall, so the link goes to a transcript of the original article.
The article reports:
Over the past two weeks, Republican Senator Tim Scott, a black man from South Carolina, extended the olive branch of bipartisanship to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on police reform.
On June 17, Scott introduced the JUSTICE Act as a way to tackle what he believes are needed reforms in cities across the country. He quickly gained 50 co-sponsors and opened the door to the “conversation” Democrats regularly claim America needs to have about race, communities and policing. But it turns out, the talking points about “having a conversation” weren’t stated in good faith. After Scott accepted 20 amendments on his legislation from Senate Democrats, they still voted it down, not even allowing debate on the bill.
But what’s even more egregious than playing politics with this issue is how Pelosi and Schumer framed their arguments without Scott in them.
Instead of discussing the content on the bill, the Democrats decided to attack Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The article notes:
The day before Democrats blocked opening debate on the bill, Pelosi accused Republicans working on Senator Scott’s police reform of murder. She did this while advocating for the partisan House version of police reform legislation.
“So far they [Republicans] were trying to get away with murder, actually, the murder of George Floyd,” she claimed during an interview with CBS Radio.
When confronted about her words during an interview with MSNBC, Pelosi shamelessly pivoted away from the mention of Senator Scott and back to Mitch McConnell.
“Will you apologize?” MSNBC anchor Peter Williams asked during an interview.
“Absolutely, positively not,” Pelosi said.
“Is Tim Scott working in good faith?” he followed up.
“I’m sorry?” Pelosi asked as if she had no idea who Senator Tim Scott was.
“I’m talking about Mitch McConnell,” she said.
The article concludes:
Washington D.C.’s most partisan Democrats are attempting to write Senator Tim Scott out of the conversation. They’re doing it on purpose for political reasons and to continue their false narrative that Republicans are “racists.” It is despicable.
We have reached the point where it’s more important for many in Congress to gain political advantage than to solve a serious problem. It’s time to change the composition of Congress. If your Congressman voted against debate on this issue, it’s time to elect a new Congressman.