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Thomas Bryant Cotton (1977–) is an American lawyer, veteran, and the current Republican junior U.S. Senator of Arkansas. He served in the military, touring in the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns. Shortly after his Afghanistan deployment ended, he was groomed by the Club for Growth as a potential congressional candidate, making good on this promise when he succeeded the retiring Mike Ross in the House of Representatives and topping that by moving up to the Senate just two years later.
Among many other things, Cotton is a gun nut, earning an A in the National Rifle Association ranking, and a climate change denier. He has stated that the Southern Poverty Law Center should have its taxes exempt, and be classified as a hate group. He is pro-life and thought Roe v. Wade was "wrongly decided" by the United States Supreme Court. Cotton is also an ardent supporter of current U.S. President Donald Trump, siding with him on immigration issues. On foreign policy he is a well known hawk, speaking favorably about a war with Iran and escalating tensions with China(in fact, one of his few breaking points with Trump was over the White House decision to withdraw troops from Syria).
On June 3, 2020 in the context of protests against police brutality, Cotton wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times which he stands by to this day, arguing "One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers" rather than listening to the demands of protestors and reforming the broken policing system.  The article caused an uproar at the New York Times and thourghout the news ecosystem for a media cycle which culminated in the resignation of the opinions editor, James Bennet.