Tom Cotton decided that 2020 Democrats and the media needed a short history lesson today regarding Biden’s comments praising segregationists for civility:
A history lesson is warranted: Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge were *Democrats*—as were other segregationists. @JoeBiden & them have nothing to do with “bipartisanship,” so please leave GOP out of Democrats’ debates about their party’s troubled history on race.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 19, 2019
This may be what Cotton was referring to:
Earlier today, I inaccurately said Sens. James Eastland & Herman Talmadge were Republicans. They were, of course, both Democrats. We regret the error. We’ll make sure to correct it on the show tomorrow, but wanted to correct the record here in the meantime.
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) June 19, 2019
In the article from ABC News I posted earlier, I noticed that it didn’t mention these segregationists were Democrats, at least by name. Biden’s comments, however, pointed to that when he said he and they were in the same caucus.
But Cotton is right. This has far more to do with Democrats and their segregationist ways than it does anything to do with bipartisanship.
Needless to say, his comments are making Democrats go nuts and some are saying the derndest things:
Right but you can’t weasel out of the pro-segregationists IN the GOP today and actively working to bring it all back but hide it behind “school choice.” https://t.co/8soOUqtPn3
— Sasha Stone (@AwardsDaily) June 19, 2019
A history lesson *is* warranted. Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge were southern *conservatives*—as were other segregationists, in both parties. https://t.co/iiWtJHakPR
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 19, 2019
Oh right, they were ‘conservative’. Just another foolish attempt by a partisan ‘historian’ to push the bad history of the Democrat party onto Republicans.
There’s a lot more angry tweets from Democrats out there. But a few on the right, like Donald Trump Jr, really liked Cotton’s tweet and praised it:
Tom cotton for the win!!! Dems and Media desperately to make to make it seem like Biden was reluctantly working with racist republicans as opposed to his own party is pretty amazing. https://t.co/TyQHZFq9UZ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 19, 2019
And he’s in good company.