Senator Tom Cotton hit back at Senator Lindsey Graham after the South Carolina lawmaker called him the “Steve King” of the Senate Friday.
Cotton’s response to this: difference between Steve King and Lindsey Graham is that “Steve King can actually win in Iowa.” https://t.co/vRNzcrnyiH
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Graham’s likening of Cotton to Congressmen Steve King references the Arkansas senator’s hawkish immigration stance and opposition to a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. King has been a stalwart opponent of these positions in the House of Representatives for years. Graham conversely has long been a champion of a softer view towards illegal immigrants.
Cotton referenced Graham’s ill fated presidential candidacy in 2016 where he dropped out in December 2015 after months of failing to garner even 1% popularity in opinion polls. The South Carolina senator admitted in a recent interview that he was “beaten like a drum” by President Donald Trump in the campaign.