Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) brutally slammed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
Cotton tore into Reid almost immediately into his speech, as he said his one complaint about being in the Senate was being forced to listen to Reid’s “bitter, vulgar, incoherent ramblings.” Most of the time, Cotton simply ignores them “like every other American,” but Reid’s most recent speech was beyond reprehensible and needed to be responded to.
“The minority leader came to the floor, grinding the Senate to a halt all week long, saying that we didn’t have time to read this defense bill. That it was written in the dead of night,” Cotton said. “We just had a vote that passed 98-0, we could have passed it unanimously two days ago. Let’s examine these claims that we haven’t had time to read it: 98-0 and in committee, all Democrats on the Armed Services Committee all voted in favor of it.”
Cotton then joked that the last time Reid read a bill “was probably an electricity bill,” pointing out that the defense bill had been publicly available “for weeks.”
“And this coming from a man who drafted Obamacare in his office and rammed it through this Senate at midnight on Christmas Eve on a straight party line vote, to say that the senator from Arizona [Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)] wrote this in the dead of night, slipped in all kinds of provisions, that people don’t have time to read it…that is an outrageous slander,” Cotton steamed.
Cotton also found it insulting that Reid was complaining about the defense bill procedures out of concern for the troops.
“How about this troop, and his son and his father and his grandfather? Four generations of service, to include almost six years of rotting in a prisoner of war camp,” Cotton thundered, pointing to McCain. “To say that he’s delaying this because he cares for the troops, a man that never served himself, a man that in April 2007 came to this very floor before the surge had even reached its peak and said the war is lost when over a hundred Americans were being killed in Iraq every month when I was carrying their dead bodies off an airplane at Dover Air Force Base, is an outrage to say we had to delay this because he cares for the troops.”
“That is an outrageous slander.”
Tom Cotton on Harry Reid
“We are delaying this for one reason and one reason only: to protect his sad, sorry legacy.”
Cotton concluded his speech by dropping the hammer on Reid for complaining about shorter Senate sessions, which Cotton said only means that it’s less time for the Senate to be plagued with Reid’s “cancerous leadership.”
(h/t: Guy Benson)