Oh, my! After South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham attempted to insult Tom Cotton last week by drawing a comparison between him and Iowa Congressman Steve King, who strongly opposes illegal immigration, Cotton completely destroyed him.
“The Tom Cotton approach has no viability here,” Graham said. “He’s become sort of the Steve King of the Senate.”
Cotton, however, didn’t seem to mind the comparison. He did, however, turn the tables a bit by pointing out the differences between King and Graham, a failed presidential candidate who dropped out of the race after polling less than 1%.
“The difference between Steve King and Lindsey Graham is that Steve King can actually win an election in Iowa,” Cotton said. “We had an election in 2016. Immigration was a major issue there, and the American people — and especially Republican primary voters — made it clear that they wanted Donald Trump’s vision of immigration policy, not Lindsey Graham’s.”
“Lindsey didn’t make it to the starting line [of the 2016 election]. He didn’t even make it off the kiddie table in the debates,” he continued.
Graham’s credibility as a conservative has been called into question after he said he supports a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal aliens who are in the United States unlawfully. Graham has also waffled on the border wall.
And then, in regards to the “bipartisan DACA deal,” Cotton unleashed on both Graham and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who worked on it together.
“When Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin agree on immigration, that’s not a bipartisan agreement,” Senator Cotton said. “Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin are not adversaries in negotiating. They are allies strategizing.”