Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is still supporting Donald Trump for president, despite acknowledging that his fellow senators who have withdrawn support for the Republican nominee have had a “legitimate change of conscience.”
In an interview on Arkansas’ KARN news radio Tuesday, Cotton addressed the unearthed audio of Trump bragging about sexual advances toward a married woman.
Calling Trump’s 11-year-old remarks “demeaning and shameful,” Cotton said that Trump earned his forgiveness with an apology and stellar debate performance:
“[O]n Sunday night at the debate, he said that he was sorry, he apologized, that he was embarrassed by those comments — there’s nothing he can do to change what he said years ago. The best he can do now is to change his ways today and also try to bring change to Washington and I hope that he continues to do that.”
Citing his disdain for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Cotton added that he still fully supports Trump’s candidacy. The freshman Senator said that “Hillary Clinton’s character is in no great shape either,” noting her use of a private email server and remarks that a significant portion of Republican voters are “deplorable” and “irredeemable.”
When the conversation shifted toward Cotton’s colleagues in the Senate who have reversed their stance on the GOP nominee by withdrawing support, Cotton said he understands “the reservations that so many people have about Donald Trump,” adding:
“Look, I have friends, I have family members who share those reservations. So I certainly wouldn’t criticize or attack anyone for the legitimate change of conscience about both of the candidates in this election.”
“But I would encourage them to think about the very dangerous consequences of a Hillary Clinton presidency,” Cotton added, referencing issues such as the national debt, crime rates and the rise of terrorism around the globe.
Cotton told the Little Rock, Arkansas-based, radio station that the election is about more than the next four years in the executive branch. Instead, Cotton insisted, that this election will determine the next four decades of Supreme Court decisions “in addition to the hopes and the dreams of the American people in trying to pass on a world that’s better to our children than we received from our parents.”
“That’s bigger than Donald Trump,” Cotton said. “That’s about you and that’s about all Arkansans and all Americans.”