Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton dismantled the Democrats’ anti-filibuster claims and exposed them on Tuesday for being total hypocrites.
During a fiery speech on the Senate floor, Cotton pointed out how Democrats are now trying to claim that the filibuster is a product of the Jim Crow era, yet they used it multiple times over the years to stop Republican legislation.
Cotton noted how repeatedly used the filibuster to stop Republican bills when Donald Trump was in office.
“So then you have a lot of Democrats who are complaining that the Senate rules and customs, the filibuster has to go. They say it’s a racist relic of the Jim Crow era. I will acknowledge that some Democrats over the years used the filibuster to block civil rights progress, but I’ll also remind my Democratic colleagues that yes, they used the filibuster hundreds of times in the last administration,” Cotton said.
“I’ll also enter into the record, with request for consent, Mr. President, this letter written on April 7th, 2017 persuasively authored by Susan Collins and Chris Coons and signed by more than 60 of our fellow senators, urging Senator McConnell and Senator Schumer to preserve the existing rules, practices and traditions as they pertain to rights and members to engage in extended debate on legislation,” he continued.
“They note that these rules have changed on our executive calendar, when we consider judicial nominees or executive branch nominees, but they say we are mindful of the unique role the Senate plays in the legislative process, and we are steadfastly committed to ensuring that this great institution continues to serve as the world’s greatest deliberative body,” he added.
“Therefore, we are asking you, Senator Schumer and Senator McConnell, we are asking you to join us in opposing any effort to curtail the existing rights and prerogatives of senators to engage in full, robust, and extended debate as we consider legislation before this body in the future,” he said.
Cotton concluded: “Let me remind you, more than 60 senators signed this; 26 Democrats currently serving in the Senate signed it, 27 if you include the vice president. Let me just give you a few notables. As I said, the vice president signed it, the following chairs of Senate committees signed this letter, four short years ago, Senators Leahy, Warner, Cantwell, Reed, Stabenow, and Menendez.”
Cotton closed out his speech by shaking his head and saying that he wished that his Democratic colleagues “understood that the shoe can pinch when it’s on the other foot.”
Cotton’s best line came when he reminded everyone that Democrats “voted not even to have a debate” on the coronavirus relief bill last summer, a package “which could have gotten aid to families and businesses when they needed it.”
Cotton noted that Democrats waited to pass “almost exactly the same bill” after the November presidential election.