Sen. Tim Scott on Wednesday mocked Democrats for their kente cloth stunt just after Sen. Dick Durbin explained his law enforcement reform proposals as a “token” tactic.
“Y’all still donning these kente cloths about there @SenatorDurbin?,” Scott, a Republican of South Carolina, wrote on Twitter.
Durbin’s feedback arrived just just after Scott, the only black Republican senator, launched the Republicans’ police reform proposals adhering to the death of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Law enforcement Section.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Durbin noted that the time is appropriate for reforms next the mass protests nationwide above Floyd’s demise.
“We simply cannot squander this historic instant, this singular possibility,” Durbin stated. “Let’s not do some thing that is a token, half-hearted solution. Let’s focus alternatively on earning a change that will make a variance in the potential of The united states.”
Scott was alluding to Democrats — such as Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who knelt before this month in the Capitol’s Emancipation Corridor to note the 8 minutes and 46 seconds previous officer Derek Chauvin stored his knee pressed into Floyd’s neck.
The approximately two dozen Democrats wore colorful African kente cloths draped all around their necks.
They ended up criticized at the time for carrying the African garb, but Rep. Karen Bass, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, explained the lawmakers wore the kente cloth in an act of solidarity.
Durbin was not among the kneeling team.