Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) led efforts to stop Ryan Bounds’s confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit after reading articles Bounds wrote in college that have been deemed racially insensitive.

While the Republican Party has presented itself as the home of the Moral Majority for decades, most black voters don’t feel the GOP has an upper hand when it comes to race issues. But in the Trump era, one lawmaker has emerged as one of the go-to individuals for the conscience of the party — particularly when it comes to matters of race: Sen. Tim Scott (R.-S.C.).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on Thursday that the nomination of Ryan Bounds to the highly influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit would be withdrawn after the Republican leadership realized it did not have the votes needed to confirm him.

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