Tim Scott: Trump's 'shooting,' 'vicious dogs' tweets 'are not constructive'

Tim Scott: Trump's 'shooting,' 'vicious dogs' tweets 'are not constructive'
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Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents The Memo: Trump grows weak as clock ticks down GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday MORE (R-S.C.), the sole African-American Republican in the upper chamber, said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE’s tweets threatening demonstrators and looters with “shooting” and “vicious dogs” amid protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis are “not constructive,” but said the president has been receptive to his advice in private.

“Those are not constructive tweets, without any question,” Scott said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about the tweets, adding that he had spoken to Trump in private and told him that "it helps us when you focus on the death, the unjustified, in my opinion, the criminal death of George Floyd.”

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died Monday after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on the back of his neck  for several minutes, ignoring his protests that he could not breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been arrested on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.

Scott said on Sunday that the increased presence of video recording was likely the reason for Chauvin’s arrest, noting charges against two Georgia men in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black jogger they pursued in a truck. Arbery died in February but the two were not charged until May, when video of the incident surfaced.

“When you read the [Minneapolis] police report, you come to the conclusion that it didn’t happen the way it happened,” Scott said.  “Thank God for video, thank God for film.”

Scott also praised the nonviolent demonstrations, saying “We’re seeing a lot of goodwill, we’re seeing diversity in protests that we did not see in the 60s.”

Rep. John LewisJohn LewisWe must move beyond 'the rank of a mere citizen' Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter Texans receiver Kenny Stills shows off 'Black Lives Matter' tattoo honoring protesters MORE (D-Ga.), who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and has called for an end to looting and vandalism, “would be proud of the nonviolent protesters that we’re seeing today,” Scott said

“Any violence in the midst of this simply takes away from the actual issue, which is that George Floyd lost his life, it looks like murder to me, let’s get the investigation started and finished,” Scott added.