Tom Cotton is an impressive man with a stellar and quite shocking resume. Born to middle-class parents in Arkansas he got to the top the hard way – by working his tail off.
But as he was to benefit from his hard work at all the top schools in the land he did the unthinkable and joined the Army. Because of his Harvard law degree, they wanted him in JAG but he said no and joined the infantry.
Cotton attended Harvard University as an undergraduate, and later returned to Harvard Law School, graduating in 2002. After law school, he worked for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. In 2005, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
On January 11, 2005, Cotton enlisted in the U.S. Army. Cotton declined offers to serve in the Army J.A.G. Corps and instead volunteered for the infantry. Cotton had resolved to serve as an Army infantryman in his third year of law school while watching live news coverage of the September 11 attacks, and had begun a regimen of physical exercise and studying military history. In March 2005, he entered Officer Candidate School, and in June 2005 was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry.
In May 2006, Cotton was deployed to Baghdad as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. In Iraq, he led a 41-man air assault infantry platoon in the 506th Infantry Regiment, and planned and performed daily combat patrols.In December 2006, Cotton was promoted to First Lieutenant. He was assigned as a platoon leader for the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment at Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia. In October 2008, Cotton was deployed to eastern Afghanistan.
He was assigned within the Train Advise Assist Command – East at its Gamberi forward operating base (FOB) in Laghman Province as the Operations Officer of a Provincial Reconstruction Team, where he planned daily counter-insurgency and reconstruction operations. His 11-month deployment ended on July 20, 2009 and he returned from Afghanistan. He then returned to farming his family ranch.
In July 2010, Cotton transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve. His military record shows his final discharge from the Army Reserve was in May 2013; he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and earned a Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal.
In other words Tom Cotton is not your average weak, know nothing politician – he is an America hero and smarter than your average liberal.
That is why the left hates him so much – he went to all the top schools that they believe belong to them and that they want to breed left-leaning individuals, but Tom went into the lion’s den and came out the winner.
He can throw their arrogance right back at them as well as he can throw the arrogance of the rest of the nations to question Trump’s and America’s decisions back at them. We are by far the most generous nation in the history of the world and to question that is the height of disrespect.
From The Free Beacon:
Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) applauded President Donald Trump’s proclamation concerning asylum for migrants who illegally cross the Mexican border into the United States.
“I applaud the administration’s efforts to fix our broken asylum system. Individuals with valid asylum claims should apply in their home countries or a safe third country, not by showing up at our border. We will not let anyone take advantage of America’s generosity by exploiting loopholes in our immigration system. Congress should also act to codify these common-sense reforms,” Cotton said in a statement.