Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) apparently didn’t understand who he was insulting when he tried to knock Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) over his position on immigration.
Graham compared Cotton to Iowa Congressman Steve King, who takes a tough position on illegal immigration.
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“The Tom Cotton approach has no viability here,” Graham said last week. “He’s become sort of the Steve King of the Senate.”
Cotton wasn’t bothered by the comparison at all. He spotlighted the vast 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.”
He continued: “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.”
Now that’s a burn.
While Graham has an R after his name he’s frequently earned criticism for being willing to side with Democrats and former President Barack Obama on positions that were not particularly Republican let alone conservative, such as saying that he supports a pathway to citizenship for all illegal aliens in the United States.
He also hasn’t been particularly strong on the issue of the border wall.
Cotton pointed out that Graham working with Democrats on a deal doesn’t result in a bi-partisan deal.
“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.”
Cotton just blows away Graham. Tall, young, tough, and wicked smart, a Harvard Law School graduate who was a captain in the U.S. Army who served in Iraq, Cotton represents the future while Graham is either the past or the never was.
Cotton points to how walls work for the Chinese and the Israelis.
“Walls work,” Cotton has said. “Even a shining city on a hill needs walls to defend itself.”
Shades of Ronald Reagan. Well said.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]