Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II took Senator Scott to task via Twitter, noting the South Carolina Republican is "a descendent of slaves." Under the U.S. Constitution slaves were not counted as what the founding document calls "whole persons." Rev. Barber called Senator Scott's silence a "shame" and a "disgrace" for not standing up to the Attorney General.
Sen Tim Scott, a descendent of slaves that America counted as
3/5 of a person, stood silently beside AG Barr as he said he thinks he has a way to put a citizenship questions on the census that would undercount people & under-appropriate representation. A shame & a disgrace.
— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) July 9, 2019
The point of asking the citizenship question is to make undocumented immigrants and minorities afraid to respond to the Census, thus undercounting them. One GOP strategist known as the "Michelangelo of gerrymandering" came up with the idea, and admitted the goal was to benefit white Republicans.
President Donald Trump has admitted that his "number one" reason for wanting to add the citizenship question is for the redrawing of congressional districts.
Senator Scott stood alongside the AG as they spoke with reporters Monday about a variety of topics, including the upcoming testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller:
Attorney General William Barr said he thinks Robert Mueller's upcoming testimony before Congress will be a "public spectacle" — and he'd support Mueller not going through with it https://t.co/NK10p9sH1N pic.twitter.com/Xz7wPTFkqu
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 9, 2019
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