Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas said Thursday that some of his GOP colleagues in the Senate gave supporters “false hope” that the 2020 presidential election results could be overturned.
Cotton, a longtime Trump ally who said before Jan. 6 he would not object to the electoral college certification, called out fellow Republicans for playing politics on Fox News Thursday morning. “Look, you have some senators who, for political advantage, were giving false hope to their supporters.”
Some senators were giving false hope about an “emergency audit” of the election results and delaying the transition of power. They raised money off of this for political gain.
That was never going to happen.
That deception needs to stop now. pic.twitter.com/RQs09pR1Hk
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) January 7, 2021
He also his colleagues were “misleading [supporters] into thinking that somehow, yesterday’s actions in congress could reverse the results of the election.” (RELATED: Joint Session Of Congress, Pence Certifies Biden’s Presidential Victory)
While Cotton opposed objecting to the election results going into Wednesday’s events, a number of his colleagues did plan to object, including Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley. Cotton and Hawley have been two Republicans commonly thought to be potential 2024 presidential candidates.
“These senators, as insurrectionists literally stormed the Capitol, were sending out fundraising emails. That shouldn’t have happened, and it’s got to stop now,” Cotton said.