What with Trump's delicate thin skin, Cotton doesn't want to slap his wrist too hard.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton offered a gentle reproach of Donald Trump on Tuesday for his series of recent comments about the Gold Star parents of a fallen U.S. Army captain who have spoken out against the Republican nominee for his rhetoric against Muslims, recommending that he focus his energy in more productive ways for the party.
Offering his advice to Trump, Cotton told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he would say the businessman "should focus on what’s going to keep this country safe, which in my opinion is Republican plans for our national security and our foreign policy and intelligence policy for the very reason that we don’t want to have to create more Gold Star families in the future."
"We want to be able to deter more from happening in the first place while keeping this country safe," Cotton added.
The freshman Arkansas senator, a veteran of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, also said he would "suggest that every American speak to Gold Star families tenderly and with respect and even love."
"There’s almost 7,000 Gold Star families from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They’re a diverse group, and they deserve our respect, and they deserve to be heard," Cotton explained. "That doesn’t necessarily mean that they agree on every question. Some, like the Khans, obviously support Hillary Clinton. Others support Donald Trump and Republicans, but they certainly deserve to be heard because no one has given a greater sacrifice than have they and their sons and daughters to defend our freedoms."
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