Sen. Tom Cotton took the last refuge of scoundrels today by playing the patriotism card in defense of Donald Trump’s trade war with China.

He said on CBS that the sacrifices that consumers must make in costs of tariffs don’t compare with the sacrifices of soldiers.

This is not just a slippery slope, it’s a slippery cliff. If you can quiet critics on tariffs by invoking the military, is there ANY piece of policy that can’t be declared off-limits by invoking the military?

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Cotton refuses to correct Trump for falsely saying China will pay for the tariffs. He insists China will pay in the long run from loss of business. And he insists Arkansas farmers are willing to shoulder the short-term cost for long-term gains.

Democratic Party Chair Michael John Gray isn’t so sure about the warmth of Arkansas farmers.

Farm income is down, Arkansas’s economy is slowing, and China just announced it is raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods starting June 1. This is all because of a faulty trade war that hasn’t taken Arkansas farmers and families into account.
“There’s a trade war between the United States and China, and right now Arkansans aren’t winning. Arkansans work too hard and deal with too much uncertainty to be put in a position like this. Arkansans deserve U.S. Congressmen who put Arkansas first, instead of politicians who are more interested in pleasing the President. Right now our crew in D.C. are incapable of getting Arkansas in a winning position,” said Chairman Michael John Gray.

Good quick take on Cotton from a national correspondent from the Washington Post.

 

Cotton’s Democratic opponent, Josh Mahony, also weighed in:

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And Esquire columnist comments:

And still more: