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.
Like many Americans, I'm tired of the war of outrageous and ill-informed comments—from our president and other elected officials. This country needs less social media back-and-forth and more civil debate on policies that contribute to a stronger, more united nation.
— French Hill (@RepFrenchHill) July 15, 2019
The President’s remarks are not defensible. Nor are the anti-American, anti-Semitic and extreme policies espoused by the socialist wing of the Democrat majority. Let’s change the tone and focus on real issues.
— Rep. Steve Womack (@rep_stevewomack) July 15, 2019
The new socialist Democrats advocate ideas that will bankrupt American families, slow productivity and weaken our military; however, the president’s tweets weren’t about policy, and were unnecessarily demeaning. Governing well requires debating policies, not personalities.
— Rep. Bruce Westerman (@RepWesterman) July 15, 2019
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.”