On Sunday’s Meet the Press, NBC host Chuck Todd twice urged that Sen. Tim Scott daring to assert “America just isn’t a racist nation” was going to damage the probabilities of passing “police reform.” This bizarre take first emerged within the opening moments selling this system that might unfold:
CHUCK TODD: Plus, amid anger over policing —
BEN CRUMP: It was a kill shot to the again of the pinnacle.
CHUCK TODD: — might this remark from Senator Tim Scott —
SEN. TIM SCOTT: America just isn’t a racist nation.
CHUCK TODD: — complicate efforts at police reform?
Then when he assembled the pundits within the second half of the hour, Todd repeated his spin that Todd’s pro-America soundbite was going to place “bipartisan police reform in danger.” However the liberal journalists informed him he was incorrect.
Subsequent framing from @ChuckTodd throughout the roundtable after operating clip once more of @SenatorTimScott saying nation not racist: “Did his feedback put bipartisan police reform in danger?” #MTP pic.twitter.com/vOlstAVoFz
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) Might 2, 2021
TODD: I wish to rapidly play a remark from Senator Scott and the Republican response and get you guys to react on the opposite aspect. Right here it’s.
TIM SCOTT: At present, youngsters are being taught that the colour of their pores and skin defines them once more. And if they give the impression of being a sure manner, they’re an oppressor. Hear me clearly. America just isn’t a racist nation.
TODD: Yamiche and Kasie, this sparked an enormous debate amongst fairly just a few people in regards to the position of race within the historical past of America. Here is my curiosity, Yamiche. Did his feedback put police, bipartisan police reform in danger?
YAMICHE ALCINDOR, PBS: I do not suppose so, speaking to sources, as a result of in case you noticed the, the day after, President Biden in addition to Vice President Harris echoed that assertion. They do not consider America is a racist nation. They did, although, say one thing that Senator Scott didn’t say, which is that there are penalties to slavery which have fully embedded themselves in American society, from well being care, to schooling, to how the coronavirus pandemic uncovered and exploited actual inequalities in our, in our nation.
However I believe speaking to lawmakers and speaking to the White Home, there may be this inflection level after Derek Chauvin being discovered responsible of murdering George Floyd that looks like lawmakers will be capable of get some type of invoice not less than negotiated and get far in these discussions. So I do not suppose this particular remark from Senator, from Senator Scott goes to upend that. And I believe Democrats are actually making an attempt to lean in to say, “What can we get completed on this particular concern?” As a result of it’s so, in fact, actually all-encompassing if you have a look at how policing — and African Individuals are dealing on this nation.
Todd mentioned he had “Lucy and the soccer” pessimism about this….as if Tim Scott is holding the soccer for Democrat Charlie Brown. He requested NBC’s Kasie Hunt if she was optimistic. She was:
I’m really optimistic, Chuck. Republicans have a really sturdy messenger in Tim Scott. They’re fortunate to have him. They belief him. I believe if it may occur, you are going to see the bulk, the overwhelming majority of Republicans go along with it. It is not going to be Tim Scottand 9 different Republicans. So I do suppose proper now, right now, it is attainable.