A liberal critic of the Senate GOP's tax reform bill criticized Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on social media Friday during Senate debate on the bill. Scott was quick to hit back with a resounding response.
It all began when actress Alyssa Milano encouraged her followers to watch the debate by linking to C-SPAN on Twitter. Then one of Milano's followers replied by criticizing a comment that Scott made on the Senate floor — that even a savings of $100 will help the country's poorest Americans.
Then someone doubled down and tagged Scott's Twitter handle, informing him of the reply — and what he saw as an insult.
@SenatorTimScott - are you serious? When was the last time you spent time w/a “struggling family”?— Melissa Jo Peltier (@MelissaJPeltier) December 1, 2017
How did Scott reply?
Even though he is now a U.S. senator, that doesn't mean Scott doesn't know what it's like to be a poor American or live in a family that struggles with finances. He was quick to inform his critics of that fact.
You mean...besides growing up in a poor single parent household where we had to use the oven to heat the house? Or… https://t.co/14O7bwAhL6— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1512161969.0
I grew up in a single-parent household, w/ a mom who worked 16 hours a day I know what it feels like to live paych… https://t.co/eNLa9H7UDP— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1512163805.0
In response, Peltier told Scott: "Massive Respect to you for overcoming those disadvantages to get where you are now. My husband came from exactly such a childhood. That makes him even more concerned about those who didn’t make it out. Have you no compassion for them at all?"