Racist threats and rants against Senator Tim Scott on the rise

Scott, the only African-American Republican on camera, replayed two of the messages for his Republican colleagues during a political luncheon Tuesday, according to his spokesman Sean Smith.

The caller who described Scott as “Uncle Tim” also said he was a “sellout” and “the lowest piece of shit this country has ever produced.” The caller also made unflattering comments about the other Republican senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, and the two Republican senators from Florida, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.

In a second message, the caller said, “All Republicans are nasty.”

“Most do not mention any legislation, but it is clear that they are related to police reform,” Smith said of the threatening messages to Scott. “The volume has increased significantly in the past two weeks since it was learned that he was leading the police reform efforts.”

Smith said the United States Capitol Police is investigating the threats and provided CNN with other examples of racist and threatening voice messages his office has received in recent days.

“Tim Scott, my sights on my rifle are going to be aimed directly at your forehead and blow up your black fool (inaudible),” said one caller.

Another made reference to the “stimulus package” and the “KKK” and warned that Scott “was going to die” because people in the South “just don’t like blacks.”

When CNN asked Scott about the personal cost the threats were causing him, he said it was “very little,” and then turned to his police reform bill that Democrats blocked in a procedural vote.

“I think 2015 and the church shooting had more impact on me than the failure of this legislation. What is frustrating for me and what excites me is not the price that affects me: I’m a pretty tough guy, and I’m going to be great tomorrow and the next day and the next day. It’s one of those people we’re talking about that we almost made caricatures of them. That’s the toll. The toll is not on me. The toll is on the communities they continue to see, like , they are walking in quicksand, “Scott said.

Scott also said he is comfortable with the security measures he has in place and that he does not need to improve them despite the increase in threats.

“I take everywhere I go in South Carolina and I have security almost everywhere,” he said.