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McConnell Responds to Democrats Blocking Police Reform

policeWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate Democrats’ decision to block Senator Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act:

“The American people have been asked to swallow a number of contradictions over the past few weeks. I’ve already discussed some of them here on the floor.

“Many citizens were told by their mayors that small religious services were just too dangerous — at the same time that massive political protests were not just allowed, but encouraged.

“Americans have been told they should very carefully distinguish good people from bad apples if they are talking about protests and riots — but they must not make the same distinction if they’re talking about the police.

“Recently, the country was informed by hysterical journalists that a rational policy essay from Senator Cotton was too inflammatory to publish. But the Speaker of the House can say Senator Tim Scott and his 48 co-sponsors are “trying to get away with… the murder of George Floyd” and Democrats just cheer her on.

“Americans have been ordered to rethink and relearn our nation’s history by a movement that is itself so historically illiterate, they mistake George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and a 19th-century abolitionist for the enemies of justice and destroy their monuments.

“One common thread seems to connect all this: The far left wants you to play by one set of rules if you think like they do, and a completely different set of rules if you dare to think anything else.

“Well, yesterday, here in the Senate, the latest absurdity was added to the list. Our Democratic colleagues tried to say with straight faces that they want the Senate to discuss police reform — while they blocked the Senate from discussing police reform.

“They declared that Senator Scott’s bill, which contains many bipartisan components, which literally contains entire bills written by Democrats, was beyond the pale. Senator Scott offered a wide-open bipartisan amendment process, and they walked away.

“But over in the House, when Democrats shoot down every Republican amendment in committee and allow zero amendments on the floor, you can bet it’ll be anointed a big success.

“Now, as an aside — I could not help but notice that in the Democratic Leader’s lengthy remarks yesterday morning, he did not once address or acknowledge the junior Senator for South Carolina as the author of the JUSTICE Act.

“Not one time did the Democratic Leader address Senator Tim Scott as the author of the legislation he was trashing.

“I cannot see why the Democratic Leader talks right past Senator Scott as if he were not leading this discussion, as if he were barely here. All I can say is that it was jarring to witness, especially in a national moment like this.

“Senator Scott led the working group. He wrote the bill. He has been studying, and working on, and living these issues since long before the Democratic Leader came rushing to the microphones on this subject a few weeks ago.

“I can certainly take all the angry comments my colleague from New York wants to throw my way. I don’t mind.

“But if he’d like to learn something about the substance of this issue, he might want to stop acting like Senator Scott hardly exists and learn from the expert who wrote the bill.

“The American people know you do not really want progress on an issue if you block the Senate from taking it up.

“They know that most police officers are brave and honorable and that most protesters are peaceful. And they know our country needs both.

“The American people know they don’t need history lessons from common criminals who are dragging George Washington through the dirt.

“They know prayer is no less ‘essential’ than protest.

“And they know that a politician who compares a policy disagreement to a brutal murder has just permanently forfeited the moral high ground to the grown-ups who want solutions.

“Some forces are desperate to divide our country any way they can. But if people of good will and common sense stick together, the radical nonsense won’t stand a chance.”

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Steven
1 month ago

Good for you Mitch McConnell, there haven’t been truer words spoken on the Senate floor for quite some time now.

James Charles
1 month ago

This being an election year the democrats cheer on any civil disruption that will make our president look bad. They are hoping for a confrontation like what occurred at Kent State, that’s why the national guard was disarmed while guarding our national monuments, if I were in the national guard I wouldn’t show up on duty defenseless.I hope President Trump doesn’t fall for this leftist trap.

Marcy Fowkes
1 month ago

Thank you Mitch McConnell for your leadership. This needs to be broadcast on every media outlet. America needs to know the truth about what is really happening in our government. Unfortunately, the main stream media will twist and turn his words or ignore them completely and most Americans will only hear the one sided argued by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer who are both hell bent on destroying and diving our Nation. Sadly, Mitch’s great words of wisdom will be trampled under their feet just like our American flag and our constitution.

Brenda Blunt
1 month ago

The Police need to have all the support we can give them. More training perhaps and a way to weed out the bad ones!!

Joyce Gibson
1 month ago

It is about time that we, the people, stand up and take our country back from those who are citing insurrection. Those individuals advocating that history be changed have NEVER BEEN TAUGHT history in the beginning. They only want to erase America’s past and institute a socialist/communist idealogy while destroying our democracy. THEY HAVE TO BE STOPPED NOW! If things continue as they are, I will be surprised to see any policemen or women serving. My husband was a very well thought of individual who served a police department for over 30 years beginning as a uniformed officer on the… Read more »

Patty L
1 month ago

AMEN!!!! I wish his remarks could make it in full on the mainstream news. The whole country needs to hear this!

Thomas gerald Rice
1 month ago

this just continues to get worse and worse. These people have no issues with holding up what would benefit the people. Time for changes.

Kathleen Thompson
1 month ago

Mitch McConnell is a blessed voice of reason and truth amid the jackels who call themselves democrats. I sincerely hope the American people see the truth of who these people really are and vote them all out of office in November. They are treasonist people who want the demise of America.

C. Arvo
1 month ago

Time for a “Red Wave!”

Nancy
1 month ago

The left seem to me, to be like toddlers; infantile in their thought processes and actions, throwing temper tantrums when they don’t get their way. There is no reasoning with a toddler. Spank ’em and put them in time out.

Fred J Noel
1 month ago

The left doesn’t care about addressing anything, or compromise. They want to keep fanning the flames of discord until the November election. They think it will work in their favor to regain power. I pray that the American people are smart enough to see through the deceit, and the scheme back fires on them and blows up in their faces big time.

Allison Skibba
1 month ago

Mitch McConnell’s remarks shine a bright light on the disparity between the Democrats’ words and their policies and actions! It is so obvious what they are doing, but it needed to be said!! Thank you for helping the average U.S. citizen to see what’s going on more clearly!

Susan
1 month ago

Thank you Mitch McConnell! Double standard in politics and in communication is not right. Let us have EQUALITY in talk and in action! If it is wrong to call a criminal a thug, it should be wrong to call police, pigs.
Lies must be confronted and exposed, Pelosi must stop lying.

Phil Hammersley
1 month ago

DIMMs are in league with Marxist BLM, anarchist/communist Antifa, and hoodlums in general.. Unfortunately, some weak-kneed RINOs are going along. Don’t vote DIMM, even for dog catcher!

Ralph S
1 month ago

Here’s something all libtard’s and DemocRATs will enjoy this November…
 
Na Na Na Na
Na Na Na Na
HEY HEY HEY
GOODBYE

Dennis mahood
1 month ago

Well I guess we now know how the Democrats feel about Black people wouldn’t even acknowledge it was a black person who wrote the bill.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Havent see any Republicans back President on issues from Senate, & House uniting to help nation on issues.
OK Mitch, DO More.
No time for DC Games.
 

Nancy
1 month ago

Thank you for standing up to hose idiots. I know I shouldn’t call anyone an idiot but I think we have a lot of them in our legislature right now. How did they get there?

Nita
1 month ago

Now, if the Democrats will listen and shut up maybe something will get done. I cannot believe all the hatred and venom coming out of these people. I bet if they went to another country they wouldn’t hold any kind of office and live in mansions.

Dee
1 month ago

We definitely need the police, how many killings in NYC since the protests????? and just who did those shootings??? Things just keep getting worse. Then we have so many officials that don’t believe in the BLM but are too afraid to do anything when looting and burning and statue tumbling is done. They are chicken. It was a way of life back then. Not great, embarrassing, torture at time by some, but it is history and it cannot be erased. History repeats itself. Let’s see in modern day we had Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, & others Ben Laden etc. Our country… Read more »

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