‘Priceless. Oh the hypocrisy!’: Tom Cotton Repeats Schumer’s Own Defense Of The Filibuster In Fiery Floor Speech [VIDEO]

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Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton defended the filibuster in a Senate floor speech Wednesday consisting entirely of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s past words.

Schumer vowed to debate making reforms to the filibuster on the Senate floor by Jan. 17 in response to Republicans successfully blocking the passage of Democrat-led election takeover bills within the past year.

Cotton, repeating Schumer’s own words in support of the filibuster, said the U.S. is on the “precipice of a constitutional crisis” amid Democrats’ calls of eliminating the filibuster. He said the Founding Fathers designed the Senate to ensure checks and balances and prevent majority rule.

“The Senate is not a majoritarian body,” Cotton read. “The bottom line is very simple. The ideologues of the Senate want to turn what the Founding Fathers called the cooling saucer of democracy into a rubber stamp of dictatorship. They will make this country into a banana republic where if you don’t get your way, you change the rules.”

The Arkansas senator reiterated Schumer’s words that allowing for the majoritarian rule will be a “doomsday for democracy.” He read Schumer’s previous promises of preventing the “nuclear option” with the intent of protecting “this great republic and its great traditions.”

Earlier today, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told MSNBC’s Willie Geist why nuking the filibuster is the only way forward:

We’ve gotta say, Schumer’s arguments in favor of preserving the filibuster are a lot more compelling. Big thanks to Sen. Cotton for digging those up!

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