Tom Cotton deigns to take questions. Dodges. Continues to draw fire for lying. | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tom Cotton deigns to take questions. Dodges. Continues to draw fire for lying.

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THE LYING LIARS: No honor among this group, Cotton, Trump and Perdue.
  • THE LYING LIARS: No honor among this group, Cotton, Trump and Perdue.

Sen. Tom Cotton is apparently feeling some heat over his widespread depiction as a liar for his alibi for Donald Trump's racist remarks about immigrants from Haiti, Africa and Central America.

He actually took hallway questions yesterday from reporters. He dodged the specific question posed by an ABC reporter, but began embroidering the new White House spin on the topic. It is that the administration doesn't oppose immigrants based on country of origin, but only wants meritorious entrants — doctors and computer programmers and such — who won't be seeking welfare. Yes, sure. And what does this administration really think about the ability of Haiti, Nigeria and El Salvador and Muslim countries to produce meritorious entrants? I think we know.

There's more evil embedded in Cotton's answer — the dishonest suggestion that immigrants are welfare drains. The studies show that immigrants are a net plus to the country, particularly including the thousands who labor in lower paying jobs in fields and factories. Here's ABC reporter Ali Rogin's account of Cotton's remarks.

Meanwhile, conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin continues to pound Cotton and Sen. David Perdue for lying and notes White House sources outed them for doing so. Select quotes:

* There is no honor among anti-immigrant advocates and liars, I suppose. After dutifully lying on behalf of the president regarding his abhorrent language (“shithole countries”), Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) were outed by the White House.

* Not only did these two repeatedly lie, but Cotton also impugned the integrity of Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), who told the truth.

* The incident is telling in many respects, but none more important for Republicans than this: They can lie and enable the president hoping to score brownie points, but this White House won’t repay loyalty in kind. Instead, Republicans will find themselves humiliated.Honorable men would resign after such a remarkable revelation of their crummy character; neither Cotton nor Perdue will. We still await the appearance of a single staffer of either who would quit in protest.

* Why should these Republicans hold elected office? Why should anyone believe them in the future? And lastly, what is the appropriate response to them?

* Given that the two senators lied to the faces of interviewers on the Sunday talk shows, network bookers might consider never having them on air again. They are known prevaricators, so whatever they say on their shows cannot be relied upon as credible. News outlets should respect their viewers by denying airtime for those with so little respect for the truth.

I'm guessing Jennifer Rubin is on the long list of people, including employees of the Arkansas Times, to whom Cotton and his taxpayer-paid "press" aide won't speak. He will, of course continue to be coddled in frequent appearance with conservative talker Hugh Hewitt, who went to the last refuge of scoundrels — patriotism — to defend Tom Cotton after the widely read Jon Favreau of Crooked Media called Cotton one of the "worst people in politics." What is it about Cotton that his critics don't like asked Hewitt, who then ticked off Cotton's military service.

The responses were fast and furious and boiled down in the majority to this rejoinder to Hewit: "It's the lying, stupid."

Also: What would a day be without some commentary from Esquire's Charles Pierce on Cotton, the "bobble throated slapdick."

Tom Cotton deserves a president* like the president*. The two of them share an instinct for vicious, self-serving political utilitarianism, an overweening ambition far beyond their actual talents, and a casual disinterest in the truth if it conflicts with expedience. The country doesn’t deserve a president like Tom Cotton.

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