Sen. Cotton: Lawmakers Misled Americans on Biden Certification

Sen. Cotton: Lawmakers Misled Americans on Biden Certification cotton in a suit and blue striped tie Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Thursday, 07 January 2021 01:49 PM

Violence is never acceptable for political purposes, no matter "what kind of signs the mob carries," Sen. Tom Cotton said Thursday after the rioting in the Capitol, while slamming fellow lawmakers who he said were misleading Americans into believing Congress could reverse the results of the presidential election or get an audit of the results.

"That was never going to happen," the Arkansas Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" while not specifying the names of the lawmakers behind the initiative. "When the insurrectionists were sending out fundraising emails, that shouldn't happen. It has to stop now."

Cotton specified he was never part of the move to challenge the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's win, but he said he is proposing an independent commission to study what happened with the election to try to propose reforms for the future.

"What happened yesterday is, in part, a result of the misleading claims," said Cotton.

Meanwhile, Cotton said he's disappointed in the elections of Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to replace GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

Cotton Wednesday night, after the incidents in the Capitol, said that President Donald Trump should concede the election, as the Senate's confirmation vote was the final step in the process.

"Republicans and Congress need to focus on defending everything and put the brakes on a radical Democratic agenda," said Cotton Thursday. "What the Republicans need to do now that this election is behind us is to focus on the radical agenda of the Democrats because the plan is to raise your taxes, defund the police and military spending, and open our borders," he said. "We cannot allow that to happen. We need to concentrate on protecting everything we believe is good for this country."

However, he said, Perdue and Loeffler lost because too much time was spent on other arguments and less on presenting them as checks and balances on the incoming Biden administration.

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