Understandably, Republicans have absolutely had it with the Democratic posturing, lectures, and most of all the complete 180s they’ve done regarding preserving the filibuster, and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is no exception to that rule.
For example, just last week Cotton shut down his Democratic colleague Dick Durbin after the Illinois Senator stupidly compared the left’s battle to get rid of the filibuster to “the young men who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, running straight into enemy fire knowing well that they might die to preserve democracy.” Cotton’s underlying message to Durbin was simple: What were you saying again, you hypocrite?
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 16, 2021
Fast forward nearly a week later, and on the day that the Democrats’ beloved H.R. 1/S.1 bill went down in flames thanks to the filibuster, Cotton again took to the floor of the Senate, this time eviscerating Senate Democrats for completely changing their tunes after four years of arguing against doing away with the filibuster during Donald Trump’s presidency.
Beginning by noting Democrats claimed Republicans were using the filibuster because they didn’t even want to debate the so-called “For the People” act, Cotton said the reason there should be no debate about the bill was that Republicans didn’t believe elections should be “federalized,” preferring to leave them in the hands of the states.
He then proceeded to bring receipts to counter Democratic claims about how Republican use of the filibuster is supposedly an “unprecedented affront” to having democratic debates in the Senate, noting that the filibuster was used “repeatedly, hundreds of times in the last administration” by Democrats.
Democrats, he reminded folks, “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.” Instead, they waited to pass “almost exactly the same bill” after the presidential election.
They also blocked debates on Sen. Tim Scott’s police reform bill and bills to protect babies who survive abortions, Cotton also noted.
“The filibuster has to go, they say it’s a
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