Sen. Tim Scott Reads Hate Mail on Senate Floor

• February 9, 2017 10:25 am


Sen. Tim Scott (R., S.C.), the only African American Republican senator, read the hate mail he has received in a Senate floor speech supporting President Trump's attorney general nominee Jeff Session on Wednesday.

Scott mentioned that his friends and his staff were not used to the level of animosity that comes from what he calls the "liberal left." He said the letters and tweets he received imply that because he is not helpful to the liberal cause, he is therefore not helpful to black America.

Scott read tweets where he was called an "Uncle Tom," and a "disgrace" to his race.

He hailed his chief of staff as being one of two African American chief of staffs out of the 100 in the Senate is the chief of staff of a Republican. The second African American chief of staff also belongs to Scott's office.

Scott's chief of staff also received harsh messages, implying "she's not black enough."

"‘You're for Session. How does a black man turn on his own?'" Scott read from one of the many letters he received.

Scott said he left out all of the mean tweets and hate mail that had "n-word" in it because he felt that it would not be appropriate.

"You see what I am surprised by, just a smidgen, is that the liberal left that speaks and desires for all of us to be tolerant, do not want to be tolerant of anyone that disagrees with where they are coming from," Scott said.