Senator Tom Cotton, a possible Republican presidential candidate, laughed as he said, “For those people calling for Joe Biden’s impeachment, I would remind them what happens if they succeed and who we get as the next president. That might be out the frying pan and into the fire.”
In a lively interview with WGIR’s Chris Ryan, Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and possible 2024 presidential candidate, states that President Biden has failed to fulfill his mandate to unite the country; asserts his objections to the proposed voting rights bill which would expand federal control of elections; discusses his objection to changing the Senate filibuster rule; chats about his failed amendment to block stimulus payments to felons; and, in light of his sinking approval ratings, projects how the Republicans should deal with President Biden.
Senator Cotton believes that President Biden has lost his opportunity to fulfill his mandate to unite the country. The Senator believes that President Biden’s speech support the voting rights act in Atlanta on Tuesday was divisive.
“If you don’t support his election takeover bill then you are in league with John Calhoun, Jefferson Davis, Bull Connors, and George Wallace. So anyone who doesn’t believe in mandatory nationwide ballot harvesting or a ban on voter identification is a racist and wants to suppress the vote.”
The Junior Senator from Arkansas went on to explain that there is no Republican Party plan for federalizing elections. The Senator maintains that each state has different circumstances and having fifty different systems prevents nationwide attempts to corrupt election returns by partisans from either party.
Senator Cotton also went on to say that like New Hampshire, which are justifiably proud of the way that they conduct elections, would be penalized by a one size fits all federal election system.
At the heart of the Senate vote on the Voting Rights Bills is the filibuster rule which is used in the Senate. This rule requires a 3/5 or 60 vote minimum to pass legislation rather than a simple majority of 51 votes. With the Senate divided evenly between Democrats and Republicans, it has been extremely difficult to pass any legislation.
Senator Cotton recently gave a speech on the floor of the Senate using quotes from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer when he supported the filibuster rule. Keeping the filibuster rule is an essential part of the Republican strategy.
“The Democrats want to change the structure of the power in America…They can make Washington, D.C. a state, so they can get two Democrat Senators in perpetuity; or pack the Supreme Court, or the lower courts.”
Senator Cotton discussed why his attempt to block COVID stimulus check payments to prisoners serving for felonies, like the Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was voted down along party lines.
When he was asked if the Republicans should impeach Joe Biden if they take control of the House and Sente after the midterm elections, Senator Cotton laughed as he said, “For those people calling for Joe Biden’s impeachment, I would remind them what happens if they succeed and who we get as the next president. That might be out the frying pan and into the fire.”
Senator Cotton hopes that between 2022 and 2024 President Biden would “come to his senses” and be more focused on controlling inflation and other issues which are important to the American people.
The Senator avoided answering whether Donald Trump would be the Republican candidate in 2024.