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Pro-Trump Pastor Calls Out ‘Racial or Racist Fears’ from Republicans Who Voted Against Criminal Justice Reform

The Senate overwhelmingly passed bipartisan criminal justice reform yesterday backed by the White House, and on Fox News today, pro-Trump Pastor Darrell Scott praised the Senate and the President for getting the First Step Act passed through a major hurdle.

He spoke with Harris Faulkner about the behind-the-scenes efforts on this and his conversations with the President and former AG Jeff Sessions on the issue.

Scott called this an offer Democrats couldn’t refuse as he talked about the bipartisan appeal. Twelve Republicans did vote against it, and Faulkner asked Scott for his response to the objections that it would “free hardened criminals.”

Scott bluntly said they’re “afraid” about black people being let out of prison to “run amok in the streets of America.”

He recalled his conversations with Sen. Tom Cotton‘s (R-AR) office and said he warned that “Tom Cotton is going to be the new Bull Connor and [Sen.] Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be the new George Wallace if you don’t let this thing go to vote.”

“Wow,” Faulkner said.

“I told ’em I would come up to Washington D.C. with 500 angry black people and we’d start kicking some doors in,” Scott added.

He emphasized that they can’t let “racial or racist fears” dominate the thought process. “It smells of racism!”

Faulkner remarked that Cotton may have something to say about his remarks. Scott shot back, “Tom Cotton has my number. Tell him you can call me and we can talk about it mano a mano.”

You can watch above, via Fox News.

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