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Nancy Pelosi has not been tuned in to the real world for at least the last four years, and I suspect much longer, which makes her commentary on race relations amusing at best, and deeply disturbing at worst. I’m tempted to question why she’s thrown her hat in that ring at all, but then I’m reminded that she probably thinks black people are still enslaved like they were when she was first elected to office. And with an army of staffers and aides to supply her with the right names (which is more than Joe Biden’s have accomplished), she’s avoided more extreme criticism for her total divorce from reality.
Until now, that is. After Pelosi stated in an interview with Steve Futterman that Republicans are “trying to get away with. . . the murder of George Floyd,” Senator Tim Scott decided enough is enough, and someone needs to shut this old hag up– diplomatically, of course.
In an interview on Friday with Guy Benson, Scott disclosed exactly what he thought of Speaker Pelosi’s comment. He basically shared what we were all thinking, except way more eloquently and with fewer profanities than many of us could manage.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 26, 2020
“It was the most outrageous, sinful comment I’ve heard as a public official, period. I thought to myself that, how in the world does this woman sitting, standing in front of a $24,000 refrigerator, have the sense to jump into the bottomless pit of race politics? Why in the world would she want to do that?
There’s only one answer, by the way. One answer: It’s because she’s lived so long in a state of privilege that she has forgotten that it is the Republican Party that voted more for the civil rights-era legislation than the Democrats. It is because she has forgotten that it was President Trump, and the criminal justice reform done in 2018, that made up for the Democrats’ 1994 crime bill.
She’s forgotten that it’s the school choice movement that frees more kids in poverty from the poor education system, brought to us by the Democrats and the teachers’ union, than they’ve ever seen. She has forgotten so much about reality, that she spends too much time in an alternate universe. But the facts are simple. Why in the world would she stoop so low? And it’s simply this: They believe, actually believe this, that campaigning on police brutality is more important than solving police reform.”
Senator Scott has been at the head of the Republicans’ police reform bill, which increases the use of body cameras, increases training for de-escalation tactics, and increases transparency and accessibility of officer records and use of force. You know, all the things you do when you’re… glad a man was murdered by police? That doesn’t sound right. Let me check my notes, aaand yep, that’s the Democrats’ narrative.
The overarching criticism of the bill is that it doesn’t go far enough, but while some were hopeful that compromises could be made, Senate Democrats voted to just shut the whole thing down instead. Because that’s what progress looks like.
As Senator Scott put it, “The irony of the story is that today and through June and July what we’ll have is–-instead of getting 70 percent of what you wanted, or more–-you’re going to get zero.”
Because if they get 70% of what they want, they lose their election issue. Nancy Pelosi and elected Democrats have just shown us that they care more about keeping their jobs than making America better. I hope voters are listening.