Democrats Play The Race Card
Senator Scott Defends Sessions
(Washington Examiner) - Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in Congress, said he has done the research on the allegations of racism against Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to be attorney general and has not found "any indication that he is a racist at all."
In the weeks since President-elect Trump nominated Sessions to become the chief law enforcement officer of the land, Democrats and many liberal civil rights organizations have renewed allegations of racism that sunk Sessions' nomination to a federal judgeship 30 years ago.
Scott hasn't shied away from speaking out against racism, talking publicly last year in very personal terms about several instances in which he believes police have treated him unfairly because of the color of his skin. He relayed one instance in which a Capitol Police officer stopped him even though he was wearing a member's pin and said police have pulled him over seven times in one year.
When it comes to the allegations against Sessions, Scott said he has done his homework.
"I can tell you what I've done is taken the time to do the research to understand and appreciate what is fact and what is fiction," he said, readily acknowledging that any charges of racism and "provocative comments," no matter how old, deserve fresh scrutiny.
"I have found that accuracy matters, and the accuracy of some of the ways they have been portrayed are inconsistent with reality," he told the Washington Examiner Wednesday. "The more I research it, the more I find that the way that it's been portrayed is not the way that people remember it."
Asked point blank if he believes Sessions is a racist, Scott said he has not seen any evidence to support it.
"I have not seen any indication that he is a racist at all — but I do think the research is important, and that's what I'm doing," he added.