In today’s segment of Republicans being completely unable to quell the fears of millions of Americans slated to lose their health insurance or even get deported, I give you Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton.
Cotton hosted a town hall on Wednesday evening in which he tried and failed to answer questions about what the GOP is planning to do with the Affordable Care Act, since repealing it would strip roughly 20 million Americans of their healthcare, and other issues of concern now that the Trump administration has actively declared war on just about every common sense policy linked with Americans’ survival. Beyond the regular sh*t show these things tend to be, boy, did it get heated last night.
Over the course of the evening, a seven-year-old boy, who identified himself as Toby Smith and assured Cotton that he was “almost eight,” delivered a heated question about the Trump administration and its racism and disregard for national parks and arts grants.
“Donald Trump makes Mexicans not important to people who are in Arkansas who like Mexicans, like me and my grandma and all my family,” Smith said. “And he’s deleting all the parks and PBS KIDS just to make a wall. He shouldn’t do all that stuff for just a wall.”
Later, after the town hall, Smith told KATV, “People like parks, people like PBS KIDS and the Mexican wall, people like Mexicans.” Where is the lie, really?
Watch it all go down in the video below:
At town hall, 7-year-old asks Arkansas Sen. Cotton about defunding PBS and building the wall. "You can still have one and have the other." pic.twitter.com/LNFK1ybuUE— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 23, 2017
At any rate, all Cotton could tell Smith is that every American, regardless of “race or ethnicity or religious belief,” is “part of the fabric of America is that we are a melting pot and we are all one people.” Funny how he couldn’t cite a single one of Trump’s policies to reinforce these poignant words, which are irrelevant unless reflected in concrete policies. It’s difficult to believe President Trump values non-Christians and people of different backgrounds when he’s signing off on executive order after executive order trying to quite literally expel them from this country.
As if things couldn’t get more dramatic than a woke seven-year-old ripping the Trump administration a new one, in the video below, watch him ignore this one woman who outright asks Cotton if the GOP will commit to replacing Obamacare, you know, since so many Americans like her will “die, or lose their quality of life, or be otherwise unable to be participating citizens.”
In so many words, the Arkansan woman asked Cotton to comment as to whether or not he and the rest of the GOP lawmakers leading the crusade against Obamacare really cared if she and millions of other sick, low-income Americans lived or died.
His non-response spoke volumes.
This week has seen dozens of town halls become sites for outrage, confusion, and criticism of the Trump administration and Republican Congress. And as Republican lawmakers struggle to offer actual answers to anyone, it’s becoming increasingly clear that our livelihoods are in the hands of incompetent leaders who, like Cotton, appear apathetic to whether we live or die.