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In light of recent events and the ensuing protests, our Congress is hard at work crafting legislation regarding police reform. The House Democrats unveiled their Justice in Policing Act on Tuesday, and the Senate Republicans introduced their JUSTICE Act Wednesday morning.
The Republican bill is led by Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, who happens to be black.
The #JUSTICEAct works to restore the broken trust between communities and color and law enforcement through three essential pieces: reform, accountability, and transparency.
The time to act is now!
We hear you America, and the JUSTICE Act provides solutions! pic.twitter.com/wRA8ygEq0y
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 17, 2020
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate, isn’t thrilled with the Republicans’ bill. He called it a “token, half-hearted approach.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 17, 2020
Yes, at a time when the left is virtually (and literally) screaming the we MUST listen to black voices, the second-highest ranking Senate Democrat is putting down a black man and discounting his opinion.
Durbin received swift backlash online from commenters explaining that his use of “token” in reference to a black man’s bill is a racist dogwhistle.
Apparently Scott has heard a lot of these kinds of comments recently, something he tweeted about just last week.
Now, Senator Scott has responded to Senator Durbin’s comments, completely dunking on his colleague.
Point goes to Scott for throwing the Democrats’ racism and virtue signaling straight back into their faces!