Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas appeared on Fox News this past Sunday, March 21 to speak with Chris Wallace about the Democrats' pandemic relief bill and its supposedly unnecesary provisions.
Cotton recently attacked the Democrats' bill by saying it would send stimulus checks to prisoners, something he doesn't believe they are entitled to.
Wallace confronted Cotton's claim, pointing out both of the Republican pandemic relief bills included this same provision.
Chris Wallace confronted Tom Cotton with fact that while Republicans are now attacking Dems for not opposing stimul… https://t.co/65WNpIgjiY— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1616338963.0
Wallace highlighted Cotton's hypocrisy, saying:
"But Senator, under two previous [pandemic] relief bills that you supported and voted for and that President Trump signed, prisoners also got checks in those bills."
@atrupar “It was never congress intent” and yet he approved it without whining like a little 🤬 Fact check: Prisone… https://t.co/OemKlpY1uU— ✿♥ ƗŞŁΔŇĐ🏝ǤƗŘŁ ♥✿ 🇵🇷 (@✿♥ ƗŞŁΔŇĐ🏝ǤƗŘŁ ♥✿ 🇵🇷) 1616339225.0
@atrupar The moment Cotton realized Chris Wallace was coming for him and was going to shake that hypocrisy from him… https://t.co/H6Nm5CWMWG— H (@H) 1616345272.0
Cotton claimed, although the Republican bills authorized payments to prisoners, those payments were then given against the will of the Republicans who authorized them.
"That was obviously never Congress' intent. The Trump administration, the IRS and the Treasury Department did not send checks to prisoners. Liberal advocacy groups sued to try to force that. A liberal judge said they had to."
"This month was the first time we had a simple up or down vote on whether those checks should go to prisoners. And the simple fact is that every Democrat voted to keep sending checks to prisoners."
@atrupar Prisoners need checks more than anyone. Most will be released; most have nothing with which to start a lif… https://t.co/MFXzeUdMZq— Dr_Rrita (@Dr_Rrita) 1616349118.0
@atrupar They sent checks to prisoners because it would have been too costly, and taken too long to be able to rule… https://t.co/mLjgSIWjbG— Facebook is toxic (@Facebook is toxic) 1616339353.0
@atrupar https://t.co/YrWU4c2ip7— Kevin Gromley 🇺🇸 (@Kevin Gromley 🇺🇸) 1616339181.0
Cotton seems to believe helping prisoners—who may have children to support and debts to pay—will have a negative impact on him politically.
@atrupar Every Republican voted to not send ANY COVID-19 relief money to ANY Americans; for a virus, that started… https://t.co/EcI4LMVBA4— Jeanne 🔥 n 🧊 👩🏻🦰 (@Jeanne 🔥 n 🧊 👩🏻🦰) 1616350157.0
@atrupar @RobinByrd3 Inmates need money. My family had to send money to my brother while he was there. We could aff… https://t.co/JG1MOOEWt2— studiosophia.biz (@studiosophia.biz) 1616355743.0
Inmates are expected to pay for many basic human necessities.
@atrupar Do people not understand that all prisoners aren't the same? Sure, some are evil serial killers. Others di… https://t.co/MAD3sL6bt1— Corin BarsilyGoodwin (@Corin BarsilyGoodwin) 1616363265.0
@atrupar .@senrobportman when the truth smacks a Republican in the face, they respond with no accountability. What… https://t.co/7Lb6qjen0n— Jeffrey Goliver (@Jeffrey Goliver) 1616339392.0
@atrupar They had the opportunity to write the laws excluding prisoners, they did not and signed the two previous b… https://t.co/bXASrGapVt— TimeForTruths (@TimeForTruths) 1616339507.0
While some prisoners committed terrible crimes, some committed only minor infractions.
Still others are innocent and awaiting trial in prison because they can't afford bail.
@SenTomCotton Oh my goodness how embarrassing for you. https://t.co/s5KYSReQEU— Fernando Pizarro (@Fernando Pizarro) 1616357408.0
From Dr. Seuss to prisoner stimulus checks, conservatives love their fake outrage. https://t.co/657ZDN3dK3— Mack (@Mack) 1616356767.0
People like #Arkansas @TomCottonAR conveniently forgets everything the former guy did. https://t.co/94ajpAm6bx— Weezie Proud Resister (@Weezie Proud Resister) 1616356038.0
When politicians visit Chris Wallace, even Republicans, they'd better come prepared to face their own inconsistencies, because he's developed a reputation for finding them.