Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) refused six opportunities to condemn racist and violent rhetoric from former President Donald Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
CBS host Margaret Brennan spoke to Scott a day after Greene told supporters at a Trump rally that Democrats are "killing" Republicans. Brennan pointed out that Trump has used similar language and has made racist remarks about Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) wife.
"Do you rebuke those comments?" the CBS host asked.
"Well, I think what we've got to do is we've got to bring everybody together," Scott replied, refusing to even acknowledge the violent and racist remarks.
"What I quoted you is a phrase saying McConnell has a death wish," Brennan noted. "He said racist things about Elaine Chao. And then they have already started the killings. I mean, that's not a policy dispute, Senator. The language is what I'm talking about."
"Isn't that dangerous?" she pressed.
"I think — I — I think we all have to figure out how do we start bringing people together," Scott repeated, "and have a common goal to give every American the opportunity to get a great job, their kids to have an education [where] they believe they can be anything and make sure everybody lives in a safe community."
The senator refused a total of six opportunities to refute the violent and racist rhetoric during the interview, which lasted less than four minutes.
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