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How Tom Cotton went from ‘send troops’ to stop Trump.

W.You think of Tom Cotton, you probably think of the senator who wanted to use the army to kill black live meter protesters. And when you think of the 2020 presidential election, you might think that Republicans have a hand in Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results. But it’s a little easier.

According to Of David Drucker. New book In the shadow of Trump.: The War of 2024 and the Future of GOP We must add CottonAs a cartoonish villain, usually considered by gossiping classes as a hero of liberal democracy.

In case you forgot, by January 6, Republicans in Congress were urged to reject the confirmation of Electoral College votes for the presidential election. Senators Josh Holly and Ted Cruz start a bidding war over who can get the most credit. Pledge to object to certification Again, at a time when it seemed likely that a major Republican group was jumping on the bandwagon, Cotton announced that he would oppose Trump’s push and support certification.

Although he earned it. Trump’s immediate rebukeAt that time, many of us assumed that Cotton’s actions were accounted for, if contradictory. Perhaps he was betting that refusing to confirm the election results would be politically damaging in the long run. Also, Cotton would have argued that he could never go to the right of the Holly and Cruise in the 2024 race, so why not pull out a little senior niche? It turned out, though, that Cotton’s intentions were very good, as his time was advanced to prevent the movement against certification from breaking down in a moment when it seemed possible.

As Dirker writes., As GOP senators urged to vote against certification, “Cotton, together with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. In Kentucky, the outgoing president’s efforts to stay in office were being manipulated to derail and derail these Republicans.

As Dirker explained, on declaring Trump’s objections unconstitutional, Cotton approached McConnell, and. “Together, they conspired to thwart Trump’s attempt to reverse the election and to neutralize interest in objecting to Biden’s victory in some quarters of the Republican Conference.”

With its southern leg, authoritarian chain, and hawkish foreign policy, Cotton looks straight out of the right-wing central casting. Of course, his nYork Times Optional to call in troops “Restore orderAmid the June 2020 riots and protests, James Bennett was forced to resign as opinion editor (there was more reaction from the left, which looks worse today).

Life is complicated, and heroes are not always the 100% people you think they will be. Liz Cheney and Adam Kensinger voted for Trump and opposed his first impeachment, but the 2020 election turned out to be a hero at stake. There is room for redemption.

To a degree, Trump’s coup was workable, averted with the help of many conservative judges and Republican politicians, such as Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffinsperger and election official Gabriel Sterling – and Arizona Gov. Doug Dossey. Yes, and Tom Cotton. .

Cotton’s military background appears to have helped inform the decision. Entitled “Politico of August 2015”What I learned in the war.“As the soldiers advance the chain of command, we expect them to show moral courage, which can be even more difficult,” Cotton explained. It is easy to remain silent when the commander proposes a catastrophic plan or when other people are rude, but we do not expect this from the soldiers. That’s why leaders like drill sergeants. [George] Norton always said, ‘Easy is wrong, hard is right.’ Just like my father always suggested ‘do right role’.

Of course, Cotton is a shrewd strategist as well as a committed constitutional expert, and he did the right thing in a very clever, strategic way. The problem is that Trump’s first attempt to seize power would have failed, leaving him politically incompetent (if not unemployed). Given his time and gaining his conservative reputation at the right time, Cotton dealt Trump’s worst intentions with the biggest blow possible.

As Drucker explains, thanks to Cotton, “the number of protesters is cruise and his compatriots, Holly, Senator Kelly Lofer, who was fired the day before in a run-off in Georgia, and Florida Senator Rick There has never been snow outside Scott, the 2024 contender and future chairman of the National Republican Central Committee.

No wonder. “If Cotton hadn’t taken a stand, the whole thing would have gone out of hand,” John Thon and John Beraso told Dirker.

Now, there is a lot of criticism of Cotton (and McConnell) when it comes to Trump’s failure to kick down. In the wake of his presidential defeat, the losses of the Georgia Senate, and the January 6 coup (which led to his second impeachment), Republicans had the authority to ensure that Donald Trump could never be re-elected to the federal post. We may all soon be angry at their lost opportunity. Neither Cotton nor McConnell came that day.

Heroes are not perfect. Cotton deserves credit for doing the right thing when America needed it. While Holly and Cruz put Pendering and their presidential ambitions ahead of their country, Cotton put things first. And for that, he deserves our thanks.

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