The New York Times offers U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton op-ed space to defend his and Donald Trump’s desire to purchase Greenland.
Conspicuous by absence from the Cotton treatise is the fact that neither semi-autonomous Greenland nor Denmark are willing to sell.
But it’s not like Tom Cotton — or Donald Trump — to admit error.
Cotton says Trump’s desire to take the strategically valuable property shows he’s “crazy like a fox.”
Critics pounced. For example (and never mind the Danish/Greenlanders’ preference for their form of social democracy or our sorry record in supporting our commonwealth members like Puerto Rico):
Tom Cotton is endorsing a new American imperialism. He conveniently leaves out from his Virgin Island 1916 purchase history that locals opposed our acquisition particularly b/c the islands’ black population feared America’s atrocious civil rights record. https://t.co/RyrnsnJuzf
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) August 26, 2019
Also, Josh Mahony, a Democratic challenger to Cotton’s re-election, actually went to Greenland. (Arkansas).
We had a chance to visit with the people of Greenland that should matter to Senator Tom Cotton: The residents of Greenland, Arkansas pic.twitter.com/5cyctPjSei
— Josh Mahony (@joshuamahony) August 26, 2019