Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) went on Fox News on Wednesday morning to talk about his and Sen. Bob Casey’s (D-Pa.) reintroduced bipartisan bill, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which aims to create “a clear definition” of anti-Semitism that college campuses can adopt while “protect[ing] freedom of speech.”
Scott said Wednesday that he reintroduced the bipartisan legislation with Casey to create a “universal definition” of anti-Semitism that “colleges will use.”
He also cited the statistic from the Anti-Defamation League that was quoted by Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, stating that there was “nearly a 100 percent increase in simply one year” in anti-Semitic acts on college campuses.
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When asked if it was difficult to find a bipartisan partner for the bill, Scott said:
“I started this journey in 2016, so it was a little easier then than it is now. But certainly, you see the ruckus in the House. The far left has taken over the [Democratic] Party in the House. My hope is that in the Senate, we’ll continue to work on this issue of anti-Semitism in a bipartisan fashion.”
Scott — who serves on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions — went on to say that he hoped to see a vote regarding the measure “in the next several weeks.”
He added that “clarifying that definition would allow the [Trump] administration to rein in that kind of discriminatory behavior” while allowing individuals to “still assemble, still have conversations, [and] still even disagree.”
“You don’t have to actually like folks, you don’t have to actually speak in an effective manner, but we do have to understand where the boundaries are on that kind of conversation on college campuses, especially when it leads to incidents,” Scott said.
In an official statement released Tuesday, Scott said:
“In 2016, I first introduced the bipartisan Anti-Semitism Awareness Act and look forward to joining my colleagues in reintroducing it this Congress. It is crucial to have clear and concise language defining anti-Semitism in the event that violence and hatred occurs.
The unfortunate rise in these incidents across the country must be met with swift and unwavering condemnation. We must stand together against racism and bigotry by ensuring that justice is served against those who seek to divide us.”
Scott and Casey’s reintroduction of the bill comes a month after Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) published tweets that were widely considered to be anti-Semitic. Omar has since apologized for the tweets.