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Attn. Tom Cotton: Defending Trump could be hazardous to political health

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 5:06 PM

click to enlarge WHAT A PAIR: Cotton may come to regret his warm embrace.
  • WHAT A PAIR: Cotton may come to regret his warm embrace.
Jennifer Rubin, a conservative columnist for the Washington Post whose conservatism doesn't extend to warmth toward Donald Trump, writes that many Republicans are harming themselves by standing by Trump. Noted:

Either during or at the end of his first term, Trump’s presidency will end, voluntarily or not. (No matter how strong the economy might be, a president waist-deep in scandal and unable to accomplish major legislative initiatives is likely to face primary and/or general-election defeat in a reelection bid or decline to seek re-election.) When the party — or what remains of it — looks for leadership, where will it turn?

Not to the likes of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who opportunistically backed Trump after declaring his unfitness. Not to the likes of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who became Trump’s palace guard, vouching for Cabinet secretaries and refusing to denounce conflicts of interest and possible violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause.

Come to think of it, any Republican who failed in his or her constitutional duty of oversight, continuing to turn a blind eye toward wrongdoing and to rationalize Trump’s conduct, should be disqualified from high office, if not shunned by conservatives. 
No other Arkansas Republican member of Congress has fought so hard for national TV and radio microphone time as Cotton has done, but they all belong in the hall of dishonor as well when it comes to silence on Trump failures.  Cotton's recent silence indicates perhaps some second thoughts.

But some will remember Cotton's touting of Trump, Russia great friend, as a defender of the national interest

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