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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., defended controversial comments he made over the weekend after coming under fire for claiming that America’s Founding Fathers considered slavery a “necessary evil.”

Tom Cotton wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Tom Cotton attends a press conference announcing Senate Republicans' opposition to D.C. statehood on Capitol Hill July 1, 2020 in Washington.© Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Sen. Tom Cotton attends a press conference announcing Senate Republicans’ opposition to D.C. statehood on Capitol Hill July 1, 2020 in Washington.

Cotton attempted to explain comments he made during an interview with the Arkansas Democratic-Gazette, in which he criticized The New York Times over an initiative that would reframe U.S. history lessons by marking the country’s founding as 1619, the year the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. “This is the definition of fake news,” Cotton tweeted Sunday. “I said that *the Founders viewed slavery as a necessary evil* and described how they put the evil institution on the path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln.”

Cotton faced fierce backlash over the weekend after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette published an article about the senator’s efforts to target the Times initiative.

“We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country,” Cotton said in the interview. “As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.”

In response, Cotton, a strong ally of President Donald Trump, said he’s working on legislation that would withhold federal funding from schools that implemented the 1619 curriculum.

Cotton said he drafted the “Saving American History Act of 2020”, claiming that America was founded on the ideals of the Declaration of Independence rather than on the history of enslaved people, which began more than 100 years before the Declaration was signed. His bill would also make schools that teach the 1619 Project ineligible for federal professional-development grants.

MORE: en. Tom Cotton bill would prohibit federal funding for teaching The 1619 ProjectThe New York Times’s 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded. Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage,” Cotton said in a release.

“Curriculum is a matter for local decisions, and if local left-wing school boards want to fill their children’s heads with anti-American rot, that’s their regrettable choice,” he told the paper. “But they ought not to benefit from federal tax dollars to teach America’s children to hate America.”

Cotton called the proposed reinterpretation “a distortion of American history,” according to the paper. He dismissed the 1619 Project as “left-wing propaganda” and “revisionist history at its worst,” the paper reported.

MORE: Backlash after Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton pushes Trump to invoke Insurrection Act in NYT op-ed: ‘Send in the Troops’Cotton said he doesn’t, personally, support the concept that slavery was a “necessary evil,” but Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones pushed back on those claims via Twitter, saying, “You said, quote: ‘As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built.’ That ‘as’ denotes agreement. Further, if by path to extinction you mean growing the enslaved (population) from 500k to 4 million at Civil War, a war fought over slavery, then, ok.”

Cotton responded to Hannah-Jones’ tweet on Sunday, calling it “more lies from the debunked 1619 Project.”

“Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery,” he tweeted. “No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right.”

ABC News’ Bobby Gehlen contributed to this report.

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Taken from another land

Put into Bondage under the whip

Prevented from Access to education

Made to sit in the back of Public Transportation

Made to drink from separate fountains

Could not eat in Restaurants- except outside or take to go (even if we were the cooks)

Made to live in substandard housing and neighborhoods

Cheated at banks and stores with no redress

Hung on a whim

Land taken just because

Last hired first fired

Paid less even though more qualified

Hired or admitted (to schools) on a quota system

Restricted to certain neighborhoods in renting or buying

Restricted to menial jobs in the service of a country that barely acknowledged us

All of this not just  then but NOW!

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So…it was OK to steal people from their homeland to work for nothing in another country for 400 years., then relegate their existence to the trash pile of history. This is an elected official who is supposed to represent EVERYONE in his electoral district.MA

07/27/2020 12:23 am ET Updated 6 hours ago

Slavery “was the necessary evil upon which the union was built,” the Arkansas senator said in an interview.

By Mary Papenfuss

Controversial Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called slavery the nation’s “necessary evil” in a new interview published Sunday.

The senator told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that slavery was the evil ”upon which the union was built.”

He made the stunning comment while discussing how slavery should be taught in schools.

“We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country,” Cotton said. “As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built.”

Cotton also noted that the “union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.”

Instead of portraying America as “an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country,” the nation should be viewed “as an imperfect and flawed land, but the greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind,” he added.

Cotton delved into his twisted view of the history of slavery as he discussed his bill — the Saving American History Act of 2020 — that would cut off federal professional development funds from any school district that teaches a curriculum linked to the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project — which refers to the year slaves were brought from Africa to colonial America — was a series of pieces by writers for the New York Times Magazine that examines the American history of slavery and its critical role in the nation’s founding.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Times reporter and director of the 1619 Project, blasted Cotton’s comments justifying slavery, “where it was legal to rape, torture and sell human beings for profit.” It’s “hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end,” she added.

 

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@nhannahjones

 

If chattel slavery — heritable, generational, permanent, race-based slavery where it was legal to rape, torture, and sell human beings for profit — were a “necessary evil” as @TomCottonAR says, it’s hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end.

AR Democrat-Gazette

@ArkansasOnline

Bill by Sen. Tom Cotton targets curriculum on slavery http://arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jul/26/bill-by-cotton-targets-curriculum-on-slavery/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_ArkansasOnline…

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Cotton shot back in a tweet — retweeted by President Donald Trump — that his comments were not “justifying or endorsing slavery” because he claimed to be merely “describing the views of the Founders.”

 

Tom Cotton

@TomCottonAR

 

US Senate candidate, AR

 

More lies from the debunked 1619 Project. Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery. No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right.

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

If chattel slavery — heritable, generational, permanent, race-based slavery where it was legal to rape, torture, and sell human beings for profit — were a “necessary evil” as @TomCottonAR says, it’s hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end. https://twitter.com/arkansasonline/status/1287405584585809923…

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Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

Were the Founders right or wrong, @TomCottonAR, when they called slavery a “necessary evil upon which the Union was built”? Because either you agree with their assessment of slavery as necessary or you admit they were lying and it was just an evil and dishonorable choice. Which?

Tom Cotton

@TomCottonAR

US Senate candidate, AR

 

More lies from the debunked 1619 Project. Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery. No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right. https://twitter.com/nhannahjones/status/1287456866239418368…

5:52 PM · Jul 26, 2020

 

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

Replying to @nhannahjones

Actual historian and scholar of slavery. https://twitter.com/rothmanistan/status/1287465958529957890?s=21…

Joshua D. Rothman

@rothmanistan

Contra Sen. Cotton, slavery was neither a “necessary” evil nor destined for “ultimate extinction.” Slavery was a choice defended or accepted by most white Americans for generations, and it expanded dramatically between the Revolution and the Civil War. https://arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jul/26/bill-by-cotton-targets-curriculum-on-slavery/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_ArkansasOnline…

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In his interview with the Gazette, Cotton criticized the 1619 Project as “left-wing propaganda,” and “factually, historically flawed.”

“Even a penny is too much to go to the 1619 Project in our public schools,” Cotton said. “The New York Times should not be teaching American history to our kids.”

If “local, left-wing school boards want to fill their children’s heads with anti-American rot, that’s their regrettable choice,” said Cotton. “But they ought not to benefit from federal tax dollars to teach America’s children to hate America.”

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Apparently the 1960’s have been roiling in the country for years as this current administration has in essence “released the Kraken”. The culmination of the life experiences of TOTUS has influenced his administration and drawn the baser elements of our society to it. Somehow  the miscreants have coalesced into an administration and Congress ( in part) which mirrors some Dictatorial governments.

Our Direction is clearly stated below:

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — John Lewis

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Did he deserve a first term and is he deserving of a second? America first means what best for ALL of us not just the so called Elites who have gained immeasurably from TOTUS’s administration. Remember the “TAX REFORM” which benefitted only the well off and that TOTUS’ was and is abetted by a neer do well Congress. MA.

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The Unemployment Stimulus makes people not want to return to work? GOP members again have no idea of who their constituents are unless they happen to be big money donors. They no matter what they publicly voice, are still dividing the majority of Americans with RACIAL and class  dog whistles. No matter which party you associate yourself with and the subsect therein, it is wise to consider the reality that all legislation affects you and your family somehow. These effects my not be direct but they do affect you. The GOP touts conservative values which means merely that they want to pass legislation to control your tax dollars and  will use those tax dollars against your interests while uplifting their big money donors. This also entails installing “their” judges to lifetime positions that will alter decisions that often go against the interests of most Americans while benefitting their donors and thereby their personal interests. Do not not mistake the Liberal agendas of the  Dems for all good as they have their own pipers to pay with our tax dollars too. If a piece of legislation would mandate the death penalty for spitting on the sidewalk and you were the perpetrator how would you feel? This is of course absurd (or is it?) but many people of color suffered the fate of the rope and worse for walking on the side walk and not getting off of it when someone White comes along. This by the way was just one of the means of “obtaining” the promised “40 acres and a mule” after the civil war which for the most part ended up being another “slave job” for people of color. All of that being said : “suppose it were you?”  Back to the real subject of what we need to do to reclaim the rights of voting and having a voice in government. First and foremost- do not fall into the familiar  trap of political rhetoric that promises everything and delivers nothing! As a voter we all need to “vet” the person who is seeking our support at the ballot box even if they are now in office and seeking to remain there. The process for vetting is: read and view several sources of information and learn to recognize “B.S”. Just remember the truth is always the truth and does not change while lies shift in seconds.

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In this upcoming election it appears that all stops are out. TOTUS, aka Donald J. Trump, “45” and several other sobriquets has failed at the Presidency as he has failed in previous ventures (and marriages). I was listening today to a member of the Evangelical community who sang the praises of the work TOTUS has performed for their cause. It is just another initiative per DJT’s playbook of promising and beginning but not finishing. It is the prerogative of any person, group or sect to want particular issues addressed however many of this factions fail to look at  the effects on others due to their initiatives. Just one example: abortion- this is a personal decision no matter what anyone says. The reasons for this procedure varies but in the end stopping this procedure could result in an unwanted and potentially an abused child or an orphan (who the public pays for). Sanctions on Countries whose beliefs are different causing more stress on their population who then flee to other countries and cause stress on their resources and populations. The changes to border policies using lies and subterfuge which exacerbate  already bad situations. This administration has caused chaos world wide due the ineptitude and ignorance of a consummate liar and conman. TOTUS’s poor judgement and leadership is a direct link to the current Pandemic and economic down turn and he has no ability to turn it around because it may “make him look bad”. TOTUS is and has engaged in rhetoric and unseemly actions that cure no ills but certainly creates the chaos he loves.

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Congressional Republicans want to tie future relief to work, despite the fact that unemployment is at a record high.
MATTHEW ROZSA
MAY 20, 2020 11:48PM (UTC)
Congressional Republicans are attempting to stop the passage of another relief package for Americans economically suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as an estimated 36 million Americans have lost their jobs.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters Tuesday that he doesn’t “see the need right now” to pass another relief package, adding that his opinion had not been changed by a meeting earlier in the day with Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed a similar view, explaining that the Senate will wait a couple weeks before deciding on what to do about a potential fourth stimulus bill.

Last week the House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Democrats, passed an additional relief bill worth $3 trillion. The bill would have spent more money on coronavirus tests, increased funding to state and local governments, and sent Americans another round of direct payments.

Republican leaders made it clear at the time that the bill would not pass in the Senate, which their party controls. It is unclear how this bodes in terms of the fate of the House’s proposed reforms to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); those reforms include getting rid of the so-called 75/25 rule that requires PPP recipients to use three-fourths of their allotments on payroll costs, and extending the eight-week period to use the money to 24 weeks.

If the House stimulus bill, known as the HEROES Act, had been passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Donald Trump, it would have provided Americans with a second round of direct payments of $1,200 per person, adding up to a maximum of $6,000 per household. It also would have created a $200 billion “Heroes’ fund” to guarantee that essential workers who have risked their lives during the pandemic can receive hazard pay; established a $175 billion fund of housing supports to help owners and renters; required all workplaces to implement infection control plans based on CDC expertise; provided COBRA subsidies and a special enrollment period in Obamacare exchanges to protect health insurance; extended unemployment benefits; and increased food stamps.

Republican congressmen prefer to use the next round of stimulus legislation to push for programs that would incentivize work rather than provide direct financial relief, according to Forbes. (Unemployment hit 14.7 percent last month, the highest number since the Great Depression.) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wants to put liability protections into relief legislation so that businesses can avoid lawsuits if workers get sick or die on the job as a result of COVID-19. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, wants to include a payroll tax cut in the next stimulus proposal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has condemned Republican efforts to stall the House-passed relief package and implement their own more conservative approaches.

“It’s always interesting to me to see how much patience some people have with the pain and suffering of other people,” Pelosi told reporters. “Let’s take a pause? Do you think this virus is taking a pause? Do you think that the rent takes a pause?”

The stimulus programs have aroused controversy in part because many of their intended beneficiaries have struggled to get what they need from them. Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it was hiring 3,500 telephone representatives to assist people having difficulties with their Economic Impact Payments. It is believed that the agency has sent about 140 million stimulus checks as of Monday and says it expected to send more than 150 million payments in total.

Part of the problem is that, because the government is not able to send out all of the payments at the same time, it has instead done so in phases, in order from the lowest earners to the highest ones. Money began being distributed on April 10 for individuals who had direct deposit information on file based on their 2018 or 2019 tax returns. Those for whom the government does not have direct deposit information were mailed checks in late April, although because of logistical issues it may take several months before they receive their payments.

As of last week, veterans who are not required to file tax returns, railroad retirees and Social Security beneficiaries also began to receive payments. People who were not required to file tax returns, such as low-income individuals, have been told to put their basic information on the IRS website to make sure that they are not overlooked.

Another complication, as The New York Times’ David Leonhardt recently explained, is that while many governments are temporarily paying their workers’ salaries to avoid millions of layoffs, the United States is implementing a more complex approach.

“It created a complicated mix of different stimulus policies, including loans to businesses and checks for families,” Leonhard explained. “This approach doesn’t appear to be working: The U.S. has had a sharper rise in unemployment than other countries. Many jobless Americans have also lost their health insurance — in the midst of a pandemic.”

 

MATTHEW ROZSA

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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