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Cotton, Hill take questions from scrappy crowd in Little Rock

By Brian Fanney

This article was published April 18, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (left) and U.S. Rep. French Hill fi eld questions from an audience of 1,000 people at a public meeting Monday in west Little Rock. Some in the crowd were angry over recent actions by Congress and the president, but other people expressed support.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (left) listens while U.S. Rep. French Hill answers a question at a joint event Monday at the Embassy Suites hotel in west Little ...



U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and U.S. Rep. French Hill faced an emotional crowd of 1,000 people Monday at a joint town-hall-style meeting in Little Rock where the two Republicans fielded questions about a range of issues, including President Donald Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian air base and the House's vote on health care.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (left) listens while U.S. Rep. French Hill answers a question at a joint event Monday at the Embassy Suites hotel in west Little ...



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JakeTidmore says... April 18, 2017 at 6:47 a.m.

Well, was there and the crowd seemed more anti-Trump than anything else. By my inaccurate count, out of about 20-25 questions in the first hour, less than 4 or 5 came from Trump supporters. And that's being a bit generous, I think.
We were given red and green sheets of paper to wave - green for approval, red for disapproval. Other signs on hand: One guy had written "WTF" on his red piece of paper - liked it so much, I wrote the same on my red sheet; one large sign about Trump's tax return problem; several homemade ones on various issues or just noting agree/disagree, similar to the colored papers. Planned Parenthood passed out many pink posters that said "I Stand With Planned Parenthood" and also gave out stickers and buttons with the same message.
French Hill flinched more often than Tom Cotton. Maybe he's a bit more thin-skinned, but maybe Cotton is a much colder, calculating animal in such an environment.
Speaking of environment: yes, it was raucous. I seemed to be sitting close to three of the 5 loudest anti-Trump attendees. All female and pretty much vocal on EVERY answer that wasn't really an answer from Hill or Cotton. A Trump supporter sitting across the aisle abour 6 feet away got up and left about halfway through, apparently disgruntled with the outpouring against his chosen ones. He did return in about 5 minutes but am betting that his sour look lasts for many more hours, if not days.
The phrase "Hug the Cactus" came to mind as I watched Hill & Cotton trying to respond to the obvious hostility from some in the crowd. Hill couldn't disguise his disdain to challenges from the audience while Cotton kept his more in check.
Agree with an ARTImes reporter that the format left a lot to be desired. Some questions were easy to avoid (crafting a good inquiry is NOT easy, for sure), many responses needed follow-up (especially when the crowd thought the congressmen had their noses getting a tad longer with questionable "facts"), and the anti-Trump segment engaged in propaganda soundbites that were no better than pro-Trump soundbites.
NOTE:
(1) The old standby on military preparedness was hauled out - "Peace through strength." Made me wonder if someone would ever use: "Strength through peace." Does it sound too much like Chamberlain after Munich or does it seem ironic to think so only days after celebrating the Prince of Peace??
(2) Cotton justified more money for the military because of lack of bullets, training, & equipment for our folks going in harm's way. Wondered about $16 million bombs and multi-million dollar missiles, planes and equipment that cost hundreds of millions apiece (isn't one costing a billion plus?!), massive show of strength exercises, etc. And we're short of bullets????

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3WorldState1 says... April 18, 2017 at 8:27 a.m.

I like the one about how they are working with Dems on the 9/11 responders...The GOP has been holding it up for years!!!!! What a bunch of liars.
We know an audit doesnt keep you from releasing your taxes.
Ivanka gets three new trademarks in China after having dinner with Chinese Pres in Maralago. Could you imagine if BO had his girls doing this?

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PopulistMom says... April 18, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.

Jake,

Thanks for the report.

3WorldState,

At least Ivanka and Kushner are trying to get rid of the Bannon crowd of white supremacists. I believe that they are trying to tilt Trump to the left so I will overlook their deficits.

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3WorldState1 says... April 18, 2017 at 9:16 a.m.

Even without those people, Trump has proven he is as bats&^% conservative as the freedom caucus. He basically put his son in law, a 30 year old real estate developer, in one of the most important positions in gov. That seems like a derelict of duty. I thought he knew the best people?
And he's not getting rid of Bannon because Bannonn will release the nut jobs from Breibart on him. The only thing Kanye has is his no-nothing base. If he loses them, he's over. And those like Cotton will say, " I've stood up to Pres Kanye the whole time..." And the Breibart people are his base.

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KnuckleBall says... April 18, 2017 at 10:25 a.m.

Hill was never going to answer a question... he is as worthless as they come. He has to be the worst and laziest person to ever represent the 2nd Congressional District

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nrb says... April 18, 2017 at 11:22 a.m.

Brian Fanney, you have not seen a "scrappy crowd"!

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gohogs17 says... April 18, 2017 at 5:03 p.m.

It's not surprising that the attendees were predominately anti-Trump. They don't want real answers or even solutions, they just want to protest everything. If something is solved they have nothing to protest, therefore they would have NOTHING to do. It's sad the way BHO divided this country it'll never be the same again.

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3WorldState1 says... April 20, 2017 at 9:22 a.m.

Gohogs - go read a history book. Please!

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gohogs17 says... April 21, 2017 at 12:53 p.m.

3worldstate: Why don't you just go to one? Interpretation just for you: A third world state, maybe somewhere in Africa would suffice. Besides, I know more history than you could ever dream of.

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