Trey Gowdy: Democrats reject bipartisan police reform but will blame Republicans for crime
‘Sunday Night in America’ host calls out members of Congress for dismissing criminal justice reform
“Sunday Night in America” host Trey Gowdy chastized Senate Democrats for choosing “conflict over compromise” after they walked away from the negotiation table during discussions on a bipartisan police overhaul spearheaded by Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
The months-long bipartisan negotiations came to an abrupt halt last week after Scott’s Democratic colleagues signaled they were no longer willing to engage in the discussion, despite reaching some agreements on issues like banning chokeholds, curbing the transfer of military equipment to police and increasing funds for mental health programs.
“The murder rate in this country increased last year in historic numbers, and this year is not looking much better,” a frustrated Gowdy told viewers. “But some on the left decided that rising violent crime rates and historically high murder rates make the perfect time to defund the police.”
Gowdy, who characterized Scott as someone “who experienced the good and the bad from law enforcement in ways many of us never will,” credited the senator for initiating the congressional effort.
“He remains committed to a justice system that is worthy of our highest expectations,” Gowdy said. “For the better part of the past two years, Senator Scott has been trying to perfect our justice system. Last summer, he was left alone at the bargaining table by Kamala Harris, who decided her ambition was more important than perfecting our justice system.”
“Now Tim Scott is left again, abandoned,” Gowdy continued. “The media, of course, will blame the Republicans. They are only useful to the D.C. media when they agree with Democrats,” he charged. “No criticism for Kamala Harris or other Democrats who walked away. Instead, the media saved this condemnation for Tim Scott.”
“If you accept that defunding police is never the right solution, it is dumb when the nation is in throes of a violent crime wave, come back to the table,” Gowdy said. “I promise you will find Tim Scott is still there.”
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