Stupid Party Terrorism

Tom Cotton Continues to Make Shit Up

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Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton (R-AK), the man who says President Obama “hijacked” the farm bill and turned it into a “food stamp bill,” now says that ISIS has collaborated with Mexican drug cartels and they may be poised to attack Arkansas.

COTTON: “Groups like the Islamic State collaborate with drug cartels in Mexico who have clearly shown they’re willing to expand outside the drug trade into human trafficking, and potentially even terrorism. They could infiltrate our defenseless southern border and attack us right here in places like Arkansas. This is an urgent problem. And it’s time we got serious about it. And I’ll be serious about it in the United States Senate.”

I’m just guessing but, if ISIS actually were planning to attack the United States, I imagine Arkansas would be somewhere in the bottom 10 out of 50 on the priority target list.

There is no evidence that ISIS is operating inside Mexico, a country with a population that is 82 percent Catholic, and it’s not clear where Tom Cotton receives his information from.

It’s likely he simply yanked the information out of his ass just as he did when he claimed that President Obama added “$1 trillion of new food stamp spending” to the farm bill; a hilariously-wrong accusation. The latest farm bill, as you probably recall, actually cut food stamp spending over the next 10 years.

Another possible explanation is that Tom Cotton is a studious consumer of the conservative entertainment complex and he gets his information from Hate Radio and Fox News. Mainstream Republicans have been talking up the non-existent ISIS/immigration/border connection for weeks and they’ve come just shy of recommending that you purchase plastic sheeting and duct tape.

I suppose it’s also possible that Cotton receives his clandestine information from secret border control agent Steve King.

  • Christopher Foxx

    it’s not clear where Tom Cotton receives his information from.

    It’s likely he simply yanked the information out of his ass

    Asked and answered.

  • muselet

    In late August, Huffington Post reported that IS/ISIL/ISIS released a video of its members apparently burning marijuana plants. The article says, correctly, that Islamists “consider drugs against Islamic law” and continues:

    The Islamic State group, earlier known as ISIS, is known to impose a harsh interpretation of Islamic law in areas under its control in Iraq and Syria, and has banned cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.

    There’s no way IS/ISIL/ISIS would “collaborate with drug cartels” on anything, for any reason. Doing so would be contrary to their interpretation of Islam.

    Tom Cotton is (a) a liar; (b) remarkably uninformed; (c) unbelievably stupid; or (d) some combination of the above.

    –alopecia

    • trgahan

      The irony is that if any ISIS is working in the western hemisphere at all (a highly doubtful situation); they are in Canada or already in the U.S. Mexico’s population (especially in the northern part of the country) is way to homogenous for such a group to operate without sticking out like a sore thumb.

      Mr. Cotton is just speaking the ever-so-political-tent-expanding dog whistle of “Every brown person is against you and activitly planning to get you!” with the added “….and now they are ganging up against you!” to assure Real American’s their resentments and hatreds are fully justified and should be the primary driver of their vote.

      • muselet

        Absolutely true.

        It took me one obvious intertube search (“islamic state drugs”) to find that article. If I’d bothered to spend five more minutes at it, I could have refined the search further and probably found a dozen more like it containing more details. Sadly, the people who will believe Tom Cotton’s tall tale will never do even that much, because it somehow feels so much better to them to be facing an implacable foe that’s infiltrating Murca.

        It’s the Cold War all over again, complete with we’re all gonna die! hysteria (SEE: Graham, Lindsey), only with brown people playing the role the commies did the first time round.

        –alopecia

  • trgahan

    “Mainstream Republicans have been talking up the non-existent ISIS/immigration/border connection for weeks….”

    …and in too few places is anyone catagorically calling such connections the absurd racist lies they are. This talking point should have died within a hour of first being spoken, but the fact that it is still going strong is both scary and depressing.

    • DetroitSam

      The excuses that passes for journalists and newspapers are not going to call Cotton or any republican out.
      They have no journalistic integretity.

    • Christopher Foxx

      This talking point should have died within a hour of first being spoken

      Could be said about so, so many things.