Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) bizarrely thinks that Americans don’t want to live near restaurants and within walking distance of where they work. He was wrong.
As we all know, support for Democrats is concentrated in urban areas of the country, which includes major cities. During a Fox News appearance on Friday, Cotton made it sound like Democrats are trying to force Americans to live in the cities so they will be poor and relegated to having to walk to work or use public transportation.
“[Democrats] want to make us all poor,” Cotton claimed. “They want to make you live in downtown areas, and high-rise buildings, and walk to work, or take the subway, or ride an electric scooter, or whatever it is that Pete Buttigieg takes to work.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Sen. Cotton (R-AR) fear-mongers about life in a city:
“[Dems] want to make us all poor. They want to make you live in downtown areas, and high-rise buildings, and walk to work, or take the subway, or ride an electric scooter, or whatever it is that Pete Buttigieg takes to work.” pic.twitter.com/5BcpDrmOKN
— The Recount (@therecount) April 1, 2022
The problem is that Americans who live in high-rise buildings downtown often make a good living because such living spaces are generally expensive. And who doesn’t want to live within walking distance of their place of work so they don’t have to commute? It definitely saves money on gas. Public transportation is also popular because it’s cheap and benefits the environment. Millions of Americans use public transportation to get around in cities every single day.
Interestingly enough, while Cotton is claiming that Democratic cities are full of poor people, his own state of Arkansas has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation.
Cotton’s attempt to present cities as a liberal dystopian nightmare backfired on Twitter. Even Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg fired back.
Wha? We want people to live wherever they like, and thrive there. It’s why we’re making it safer & easier to take transit, walk, ride a bike (or scooter, sure), drive a car or truck. That includes over $3.8 billion in AR alone for roads & bridges, despite the Senator’s ‘no’ vote.
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) April 1, 2022
“They’ll force you to choose between roughly 80 restaurants in a five block radius, a veritable smorgasbord of differing cuisines and price points, before either attending one of many numerous cultural events or retiring home to relax on your couch.”
— tomthebomb (@unionthuglife21) April 1, 2022
@SenTomCotton Hey, no need for a car. Saving $$!!
— Peg_Texan (@purplepeg_25) April 1, 2022
I found more kindness and a sense of community living in Manhattan than I’ve ever experienced in the suburbs.
Cotton can take his gaslighting rubbish and stuff it.
— Shelby Kent-Stewart ™ (@ShelbyKStewart) April 1, 2022
Ha ha. More than half of us already live in cities. This guy needs to see more of the US and the world. https://t.co/Y7hv0hZozD
— Vote, Organize, Do Good🐥🌻 (@MelissaHBuckner) April 1, 2022
He’s pretty quick to judge Democrat cities… let’s check in and see how his state of Arkansas is doing these days.
Oh… wow that’s bad. pic.twitter.com/GcJaGST0xe
— Jardani (@jardani_w) April 1, 2022
That sounds fcking lovely. Is he kidding? If it wasn’t desirable those areas wouldn’t be some of the most expensive in the country.
— Funky Bi Guy (@angryblackbiguy) April 1, 2022
Why are Republicans so against public transportation that makes businesses and activities more accessible?
— N3grodamus (@JulesMoffit) April 1, 2022
Of course, this isn’t the first time Cotton’s attacks on Democrats have backfired. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to live in rural areas, but trying to demonize cities is just ridiculous, especially since red-state Arkansas is poverty-stricken. In the end, it’s Republicans like Cotton who want people to be poor. And it’s time they were voted out of office permanently.
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