SC Democrats want GOP Sen. Tim Scott to speak out about police violence. He has.
The chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party on Friday accused U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the upper chamber’s only black Republican, of being “horrifyingly quiet” after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, even though Scott was quick to call for the arrest of the officers involved.
“Where is our Sen. Tim Scott when the nation and South Carolina need him more than ever?” state Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson asked in a media statement.
“The voters of South Carolina demand an answer, why he refuses to speak up about the issues facing people of color, namely police brutality,” he added.
The note listed other such victims as Walter Scott’s killing in North Charleston, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville.
But Scott did not refuse to speak out. Scott turned to Twitter to amplify his concerns, a platform where he has more than 419,000 followers. He did not post the message to his Facebook page.
“Firing the officers that killed #GeorgeFloyd was the right first move. The second? Arrest them,” Scott wrote just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, a day after Floyd’s death as news of the killing began to go national.
Scott has done it before. He gave a series of impassioned speeches on the Senate floor in 2016, including one where he talked about being stopped by police officers seven times in one year because of the color of his skin. He also acted as an arbitrator on race relations under the Trump administration when he rebuked the president’s equivocating comments after a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Scott is scheduled to appear on “Fox News Sunday,” on the topic of the Floyd shooting this Sunday, his office said.