During an interview on Fox & Friends on Thursday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) slammed Republican colleagues including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo) for misleading President Donald Trump’s supporters about the election results for political gain.
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“Some senators, for political gain, misled supporters about their ability to challenge the election results — some even sent out fundraising emails while insurrectionists stormed the Capitol. That stops now — Republicans ought to focus on countering the Democrats’ radical agenda,” Cotton tweeted on Thursday morning.
Cotton appeared to be referring to Hawley, whose campaign sent out a fundraising email Wednesday promoting his plan to object to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes.
The email was sent as a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, bringing a temporary halt to the counting of the Electoral College vote and leaving offices and hallways in the Capitol ransacked.
During his appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Cotton said “you have some senators who for political advantage were giving false hope to their supporters, misleading them into thinking that somehow yesterday’s actions in Congress could reverse the results of the election, or even get some kind of emergency audit of the election results.”
Some senators, for political gain, misled supporters about their ability to challenge the election results–some even sent out fundraising emails while insurrectionists stormed the Capitol.
That stops now–Republicans ought to focus on countering the Democrats' radical agenda. pic.twitter.com/e0JDg2bsJy
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 7, 2021
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“That was never going to happen yet these senators, as insurrectionists literally stormed the Capitol, were sending out fundraising emails. That shouldn’t have happened and it’s got to stop now,” Cotton said.
The Arkansas Republican also slammed Sen. Cruz for calling for the establishment of a special commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit of the election results. Cotton said these actions went too far even as he acknowledged that allegations of voter fraud need to be investigated.
“We do need an independent commission, which I proposed and Sen. Tim Scott has written a bill and introduced it, to study what happened with the election practices in the last election given the unusual circumstances of the pandemic and try to propose reforms for the future,” he said.