Senator responds to being called a ‘prop’ during GOP tax celebration


Sen. Tim Scott hit back at a political blogger on Twitter who suggested the South Carolina Republican was standing near President Trump as a “prop” during the GOP’s tax celebration on Wednesday.

“What a shocker,” tweeted Andy Ostroy, “there’s ONE black person there and sure enough they have him standing right next to the mic like a manipulated prop.”

“Uh probably because I helped write the bill for the past year,” Scott fired back, “have multiple provisions included, got multiple Senators on board over the last week and have worked on tax reform my entire time in Congress. But if you’d rather just see my skin color, pls feel free.”

Ostroy later deleted his tweet and apologized to Scott.

Scott, the lone black Republican in the Senate, was one of several GOP lawmakers who gave remarks at the White House event hailing Trump and the party’s tax-overhaul legislation.


Trump introduced Scott as a “very, very special man,” adding that he was a “tremendous help” in getting the final bill passed.

Scott was a member of the conference committee that reconciled the original House and Senate versions of the bill.

The South Carolina senator then spoke briefly about the positive effects the bill will have for individuals in distressed communities.

“This is not about Washington. It’s not about the left. It’s not about the right,” Scott said during his remarks. “It’s about single parent moms who are looking to be hopeful during 2018.”

Republicans in the House and Senate passed sweeping tax reform on Wednesday without a single Democratic vote. The bill cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, repeals ObamaCare’s individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance and allows for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The bill will be sent to Trump to sign into law.

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