Sen. Tim Scott Says Sen. Krysten Sinema Received Death Threats After Voting Against Minimum Wage Hike

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Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott claimed in a recent op-ed for The Washington Post that Democratic Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema received death threats following her vote against a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage.

In an op-ed Scott wrote on the subject of “woke supremacy,” he described being targeted for being a black man and a Republican, and being disparaged as an “Uncle Tom,” among other slurs, for not having a progressive vision.

“But the victims of woke supremacy aren’t just Republicans,” Scott wrote.

“After a recent vote against her fellow Democrats’ attempt to pass a job-killing minimum-wage hike during the pandemic, my friend and colleague Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) received so many death threats that she had to increase security for herself and her partner.”

Scott wrote that he has received similar threats to Sinema.

“A man — a ‘woke’ Black man — is to be sentenced this month for threatening to gut me “like a fish” and blow me away with his rifle,” he wrote.

Sinema was one of seven Senate Democrats to vote against Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ procedural vote on a $15 minimum wage, which was cut out of Democrats’ original COVID relief bill. (RELATED: Seven Senate Democrats Vote Against Raising The Minimum Wage To $15/Hour)

Sinema’s vote against Sanders’ amendment was captured in a video showing her approaching the front of the chamber with a thumbs down. The short video circulated on social media.

Scott has faced derogatory criticism and racist slurs over his position as a black Republican. In some voicemails left to him at his office, a caller called him an “Uncle Tim” and a “sellout” for his political views, CNN reported in 2020. He mentioned during a Republican weekly luncheon in June 2020 that he had been getting calls with death threats and racial slurs, with one caller threatening to put Scott “in his crosshairs,” The New York Times reported.

A Connecticut sports reporter was fired after calling Scott an “Uncle Tom” in a since-deleted tweet after Scott said President Donald Trump “misspoke” during the first presidential debate when he wouldn’t explicitly condemn white supremacists. Scott urged the president to correct himself.