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Tim Scott Faced Racial Slurs After Voting For Sessions

| by Ray Brown

Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black GOP Senator, said he has been barraged with racist insults because he voted to confirm Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

"You are an Uncle Tom, Scott. You’re for Sessions. How does a black man turn on his own," Scott said, reading messages he received on social media, reported Politico. "Tim Scott ... doesn’t have a shred of honor. He’s a House Negro like the one in ‘Django.’"

"I left out all the ones that used the ‘n-word,'" Scott added. "Just felt like that would not be appropriate."

Scott, who is only one of 10 black people to serve in the U.S. Senate, said he is used to liberals accusing him of not being "helpful to black America."

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"I just wish that my friends who call themselves liberals would want tolerance for all Americans, including conservative Americans," Scott said.

Democrats have accused Sessions of being a racist and a potential threat to the black community if he were confirmed as Attorney General.

In 1986, while serving as Attorney General of Alabama, he was appointed by then-President Ronald Reagan to a spot on the federal court, reported ABC News. But the Republican-led Senate blocked him after reports surfaced that he had used racial slurs in the workplace and made favorable comments about the Ku Klux Klan.

But Scott defended Sessions.

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"He is not a racist," Scott said. "Jeff Sessions has earned my support. And I will hold him accountable if and when we disagree."

Although Scott is a Republican, he has spoken out about racism and racial profiling by police -- a topic Republicans and many Democrats tend to shy away from.

"In the course of one year, I've been stopped seven times by law enforcement," Scott said in July 2016. "Not four, not five, not six, but seven times in one year as an elected official."

"I can certainly remember the very first time that I was pulled over by a police officer as just a youngster," he continued. "I was driving a car that had an improper headlight," Scott said. "The cop came over to my car, hand on his gun and said, 'Boy, don't you know your headlight is not working properly?' I felt embarrassed, ashamed, and scared, very scared."

Sources: Politico, ABC News, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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