Lone Black Republican Senator Tim Scott votes to advance the nomination of Trump’s problematic judicial pick
The one Black Republican Senator sitting in Congress, Tim Scott (R-SC), proved once again that all skin folk ain’t kinfolk and he’s more Trump’s wingman than ever before after refusing to vote down the President’s judicial pick, who has a racist voting rights record Town Hall, reports.
On Wednesday, Scott’s yes vote for Thomas Farr, Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, ultimately tied the vote 50-50, giving Mike Pence the deciding vote to advance Farr in the nomination process.
Farr’s nomination has been strongly opposed by civil rights groups and two gubernatorial candidates from Florida and Georgia who have been fighting against voter suppression. Farr has a reputation of backing voter suppression measures and gerrymandering.
“When it comes to the trifecta of voter disenfranchisement — voter suppression, racial gerrymandering, and restriction of voting rights — Thomas Farr is, sadly, one of the most experienced election lawyers in the country,” Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams jointly said in a statement calling on Senate Republicans to contest Farr.
Farr has reportedly led voter suppression efforts in North Carolina, hurting and sidelining the Black population.
Scott was under pressure to vote no, but let down many when he voted in favor of Farr. Washington Post contributor Jennifer Rubin even called him a fraud.
“The courts are supposed to be where we can find and seek justice. But Farr’s lifetime crusade is to disenfranchise African Americans and deprive them of their rights,” said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau said previously. “He belongs nowhere near a bench of justice.”
But is Scott’s vote of “yes” really a surprise?
In the past, he has said that he does not believe that President Trump is racist, but instead “racially intensive” to the issues that affect the Black community and other communities of color.