Progressive activist Rev. Al Sharpton took issue with GOP Senator Tim Scott’s (R-SC) Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to a Joint Session of Congress last week.
Scott eloquently called for unity, while also condemning Democrats’ unhinged statements insisting that America is a racist country. He also reminded Democrats that they themselves torpedoed Scott’s bipartisan police reform legislation last year, rather than coming to the table to work across the aisle.
Watch @SenatorTimScott call out his Democratic colleagues for filibustering his police reform bills:— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 29, 2021
"My friends across the aisle seem to want the issue more than they wanted a solution..." pic.twitter.com/OIJ22IAR9j
.@SenatorTimScott:— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 29, 2021
"Our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes...three months in, the actions of the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart." pic.twitter.com/tuYPSJIOfX
Sharpton said that Scott’s assertion was “strange.”
“And then I watched the rebuttal by the senator from South Carolina. Seems something awkward to me, where a white president talked about white supremacy and a Black senator said ‘America is not racist.’ Seemed a little strange to me,” Sharpton said while speaking at the funeral of Andrew Brown, who was fatally shot by law enforcement in North Carolina.
Scott’s hopeful message was not well-received by Democrats, who would rather push partisan reform to law enforcement than work with Republicans on meaningful legislation.