Republicans have offered a ton of weak dodges of Trump’s racism, but none were more pathetic than Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL).
Rick Scott’s pathetic defense of Trump’s racism
SEN. RICK SCOTT:
Well, Chuck, let’s look at what he said, all right, and why he did it. Congressman Cummings sat there and attacked our Border Patrol agents, all right? This is , this reminds me of what happened to soldiers coming back from Vietnam.
But that justifies a racial resentment tweet in response? Is that presidential leadership?
SEN. RICK SCOTT:
Well, look, I, I, look, I didn’t do the tweets, Chuck. I can’t talk about why he did what he did. But I’m very disappointed in the people, like Congressman Cummings, who is attacking Border Patrol agents that are trying to do their job, when the Democrats won’t give them the resources to do it. They won’t secure the border. They won’t fix the asylum laws. And then Democrats want to sit there and say, “Oh, those Border Patrol agents don’t care.” Let me tell you, I’ve been to the border. I’ve talked to Border Patrol agents. I know they care about these individuals. But we have got to give them the resources and the ability to do their job.
It’s not lost on me that you were harsher on Elijah Cummings than you were on the president and what he’s done. You seem hesitant to do this, to criticize the president, individually, on these things. I understand the politics of it. But do we ever heal, if each side just goes into their corner?
"I didn't do the tweets Chuck, I can't talk about why he did what he did, but I am disappointed in people like Congressman Cummings who are attacking border patrol agents." pic.twitter.com/1JgWC25Rrp
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) July 28, 2019
Rick Scott was tougher on the African-American congressman who was attacked than he was on the racist president attacker. Sen. Scott was so pathetic that even Chuck Todd called him out on it. The Republican Party is terrified of Trump. They are so terrified that they march to Trump’s tune on everything. When Trump goes full racist, elected Republicans follow behind. Leadership and public service have been replaced with toadyism and cowardice in the Republican Party.
Sen. Scott is the embodiment of the empty Republican who willingly sells out and divides his country while standing behind Trump.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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