Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Lobbying world As Biden falters, a two-man race for the 2024 GOP nomination begins to take shape MORE (R-S.C.) shared racist and threatening messages he’s received in recent days over the GOP police reform bill during a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans on Tuesday.
Scott, the only Black GOP senator, is leading the party's police reform effort, and he's gotten multiple hateful and racist voicemails that have been reviewed by NBC News. The messages included profanity, threats on the senator’s life and references to Confederate flags and the Ku Klux Klan.
The network noted one message called Scott an “Uncle Tom” and another said he was going to die because he is a Black man in the South.
Scott’s office reportedly gave all threatening emails and voicemails to the U.S. Capitol Police, and at least two of his colleagues have proposed that he obtain extra security, which is being considered, a spokesman from his office told NBC News.
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Shocked 2learn at lunch abt hateful msgs to Sen Tim Scott our ldr of police reform from ppl who must think somehow a black republican can’t lead this effort bc only democrats r qualified to talk abt race/police reform??? we ALL hv a responsibility to b kind even when we disagree!— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) June 23, 2020
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Several people have been caught making threats against lawmakers in recent years, including a white supremacist in Georgia who pleaded guilty in 2018 to threatening both Scott and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.).
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Scott’s police reform bill would allow the federal government to withhold funds from departments if police don’t improve data collection, training, de-escalation of situations and the duty to intervene. Democrats have condemned the bill saying it is “irrevocably flawed” and doesn’t go far enough.
Senate Democrats plan to block Scott's bill during a Wednesday vote, leaving the possibility for a bipartisan compromise up in the air.