Tim Scott shares racist and threatening messages he's received over police reform bill

Tim Scott shares racist and threatening messages he's received over police reform bill
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Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottAuthor Ryan Girdusky: RNC worked best when highlighting 'regular people' as opposed to 'standard Republicans' Now is the time to renew our focus on students and their futures GOP lobbyists pleasantly surprised by Republican convention 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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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.