Republican Senator Tim Scott is having a difficult time explaining why his fellow Republicans are refusing to sign an anti-lynching bill that was recently put forth.
Appearing on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” on Sunday morning, Scott spoke about the bill, which was introduced in late June by three African-American Senators with a bipartisan effort. The bill would make lynching a federal crime.
In order to pass, the bill requires signatures from 60 senators. So far, only Scott has signed on from the Republican party.
Scott is no stranger to taking on his own administration, recently making harsh comments about President Donald Trump based on the President’s views on race.
Here’s the conversation that occurred this morning:
MARGARET BRENNAN: I know that you recently signed onto a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime. It’s something Congress has tried to do over the past hundred years 200 times and failed. Why are you the only Republican signing on to this?
SENATOR SCOTT: Well I think I’m the first Republican. By the time we get this out of the Senate, there will be several Republicans and there are- are some Democrats as well. The bill for us is–
MARGARET BRENNAN: There are 26 co-sponsors, including yourself. They’re all Democrats.
SENATOR SCOTT: Yes ma’am.
MARGARET BRENNAN: You’re the only Republican.
SENANTOR SCOTT: Well sometimes it’s good to be first.”
The interview arrived just after a poll from CBS News / YouGove finds that 61 percent of Americans believe racial tensions have increased since the deadly protest in Charlottesville just 12 months ago.
As the interview progresses, Scott seems hopeful that more of his fellow Republicans will follow in his footsteps and realize lynching a human being deserves to be a federal crime.
“So I look forward to looking for ways to bring more folks on board. I think we will. The fact of the matter is that the lynching issue is an issue that we should have dealt with many years ago. It is still an issue that raises fear and trepidation in communities of color and frankly, in any community in this nation we should all stand together and say that lynching is a hate crime. Be done with it and move on. I think we’ll see a bipartisan coalition coming together on that — on that bill,” Scott says.
Racial tensions have grown even tenser this weekend as the Unite The Right rally is being held in Washington, D.C. on the one year anniversary of the violent and deadly white supremacist protest that tore apart Charlottesville, Virginia.
Here’s Scott’s comments during the interview courtesy of Crooks and Liars: