NOT EXTREME ENOUGH? Cotton involved in judicial nomination tiff in GOP ranks. Brian Chilson

Brian Chilson

Here’s U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton at an Axios event, declining to directly respond when asked whether President Trump’s tweets were racist:


“I think what he sees is a lot of extremism from the House Democrats. … The president is gonna tweet what he’s gonna tweet.”

U.S. Reps French Hill, Bruce Westerman and Steve Womack all offered varieties of “The president should be more civil, but Socialists!” So far U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford has been silent.



U.S. Sen. John Boozman offered a typically milquetoast statement to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

“What our nation needs right now is for leaders to come together over the one thing that should unite all of us — the common recognition that America is the best, most prosperous and free country in the world — and work to make it even better,” he said in a written statement. “I have always found that disagreeing without being disagreeable provides the most opportunity to get things done. While we can vary on what policies we support, singling out people whose opinions differ from our own is bad for discourse and public civility.”