Senator Tom Cotton was blasted by Charles P. Pierce on Thursday for his comments on the effort to make Washington, D.C. a state. Cotton made his remarks on the Senate floor and he started by attacking the Mayor of D.C. Cotton said, “Would you trust Mayor Bowser to keep Washington safe?” and “Wyoming is smaller than Washington by population, but it has three times as many workers in mining, logging and construction, and ten times as many workers in manufacturing … What vital industries would the new state of Washington represent? Lobbying? Bureaucracy? Give me a break.”
Pierce was writing for Esquire when he blasted Cotton. He wrote, “Cotton blew through the customary bargain-bin of historical references — Jacobins! The Philadelphia Mutiny! — and he trotted out the name of Marion Barry, of whom I had not thought in a decade, as a demonstration that DC can’t be a state because the residents can’t be trusted to govern themselves. There was some lengthy mendacity on the subject of if Washington can be a state, why can’t Jacksonville or New York? And, of course, the cat peeped from the bag; this is all about two additional Democratic senators elected by a population to whom the Republicans would rather not appeal.”
Pierce took particular issue with Cotton’s Wyoming comparison. He wrote, “What the f*ck is this? I mean, besides the obvious dog whistles that can be heard beyond the orbit of Neptune. Miners and loggers and hardhats apparently count for more as ‘workers’ than do street-cleaners, and hotel maids, and cops, and cabbies, and sanitation workers, and bodega clerks who make Washington a better place for Tom Cotton to live than back home in Bugtussle is.”
Whether Washington D.C. should become a state is being debated more and more as population sizes of states become more lopsided. There is also the issue of equal representation in Congress. So far Republicans are dead set against the idea and the Trump administration is leading the opposition.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com