When a man asked Cotton whether he would “take the initiative” to subpoena Trump’s tax returns, which the president has refused to release, Cotton invoked the White House defense that Trump remained under audit by the IRS. That response did not sit well with many in the room.
“Do your job!” one woman shouted as Cotton added [the fully discredited fallacy] that Trump complied with financial disclosure laws that would indicate possible conflicts of interest.
At another point, about an hour into the town hall, people yelled “Lock him up!” after Cotton praised Trump’s foreign policy.
…“Thank you for coming to Little Rock, finally,” a woman said before asking Cotton whether he was committed to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“I just wondered if you were going to be as forceful as you were about the Russian hacking situation with Donald Trump as you were [in seeking answers about] the Benghazi attack,” she asked, to cheers and applause.
…One man berated Cotton for supporting another GOP deregulatory measure that would allow internet service providers to sell users’ browsing histories to advertisers and other third parties.
…Cotton replied that he was “committed” to the idea of internet privacy but insisted that the measure he supported would “level the playing field” for internet service providers competing with companies like Google and Facebook.
But Cotton’s constituent was unmoved. Unless the senator introduces legislation soon to protect consumers, the Arkansas man said, “I think it’s time to repeal and replace you in 2020.”
He sat down, and the room erupted in cheers.