Rep. David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, who came under scrutiny after accusing a local doctor of “hijacking” a recent town hall meeting is standing by his remarks and says some of the conservative protesters are motivated by racism.
Mr. Scott, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, appeared on Fox Business’s “Happy Hour” Monday afternoon to give his side of the story after a Washington Times report of his contentious town hall was linked by the highly-trafficked Drudge Report over the weekend.
During the interview the congressman said “drama” over health care reform was being manufactured by right-wing protesters and has produced an uptick in racially-motivated attacks.
“There were tea baggers all over the place,” the congressman said of his past town hall meeting. Later in the interview Mr. Scott produced a flier for the television camera that had an image of President Obama styled as The Joker. “If you look at this, that’s a picture of President Barack Obama,” Mr. Scott said holding the sign up. “He’s grinning there like here’s the clown from Batman. Underneath that it says Nigga, nigga David Scott. It says you were, and you are, and you always forever shall be but a nigga. If that ain’t it I don’t know what is.”
“This was sent to my office as a result of this event that we had in terms of reaction to the news clips” of an angry exchange he had with an Atlanta doctor during a previous event he said.
Mr. Scott also read portions of offensive letters he said he received calling him a racist. “There have been a lot of racial overtones and these are a sampling of what I’ve gotten in my office,” he said.
[Click here to watch the Fox Business segment with Congressman Scott]
The event that helped sparked the racist attacks, according to the congressman, held to discuss a new road project. When the floor was opened for questions, however, Dr. Brian Hill asked Mr. Scott about health care reform.
The congressman replied by accusing the doctor of “hijacking” his event. “I’m listening to my constituents, OK?” Scott said, “These are people who live in the 13th Congressional district, who vote in this district. That’s who I’ve got to respond to … So what you’ve got to understand, those of you who are here, who have taken and came and hijacked this event we dealing with here, this is not a health care event.”
“You chose to come and to do it on your own,” he yelled. “Not a single one of you had the decency to call my office and set up for a meeting.” He went on, in a threatening voice, “You want a meeting with me on health care, I’ll give it to you!”
Mr. Scott’s public tirade against the doctor was filmed by WXIA-TV News, a local NBC affiliate that confirmed the doctor lived in the congressman’s district in a follow-up interview.
The doctor told WXIA he wasn’t working for any outside causes and had called Mr. Scott’s office repeatedly, asking to speak with the congressman.
“I did not go to a meeting to create any problems, I went to the meeting to literally ask a question that I thought was very, very important for my patients,” he said.