Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton called for Attorney General Merrick Garland to resign during a Judiciary Committee hearing.
On Wednesday, Garland, at times, got into heated exchanges with Republicans during the hearing over a memo encouraging the Justice Department to investigate alleged threats of violence made against school boards. Cotton discussed a reported rape at a school in Virginia and accused Garland of criticizing the victim’s father, who protested against the school’s response.
“This testimony, your directive, your performance is shameful,” Cotton said. “Thank God, you’re not on the Supreme Court. You should resign in disgrace, judge.” Throughout the Wednesday hearing, Garland argued that the memo did not violate the free speech of parents and insisted their First Amendment right was protected as long as there were no threats of violence against school board members.
Following his comments, Cotton’s name began trending on Twitter with users criticizing the politician over his behavior during the hearing.
“Tom Cotton’s PERFORMANCE at the hearing with AG Garland is just one thing very very wrong with Republicans. Shame on him,” one person wrote. Another person appeared to suggest that Cotton failed to add substance to Congress and challenged someone to name a contribution from the Senator. “Can anyone name one productive thing Tom Cotton has done in Congress for the betterment of his constituents and the country?” the individual tweeted [IB Times].
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