It has been a very tense week as Republican lawmakers have been holding town halls and facing constituents who are justifiably very angry with them for their support of President Donald Trump’s bigoted, destructive policies.
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, one of Trump’s closest allies, held such a town hall event in the town of Springvale, and he faced his toughest questions from a 7 year old boy in a video that has gone viral.
The extreme right wing Cotton was wrapping up his forum, when he took one final question, which he likely expected to be a softball, given that the questioner was a small child. Said the boy to Senator Cotton, “I’m Toby.” Courageous Toby Smith continued, “Donald Trump makes Mexicans not important to people who are in Arkansas who like Mexicans, like me, my grandma. And he is deleting all the parks and PBS Kids just to make a wall … and he shouldn’t do that.” The gathered constituents in the crowd applauded the boy, likely sharing his family’s concerns that Trump will cut funding to vital resources such as PBS and our country’s national park system. Added Smith, “He shouldn’t do all that stuff just for the wall.”
Asked Senator Cotton, “Toby, how old are you?” Responded Toby, “I’m almost 8, but I’m 7.” After the town hall, the precocious, fearless Smith spoke with CNN affiliate KATV and said, “People like parks, people like PBS kids.” Someone on Twitter created a #Toby4President hashtag. Commented another, “Toby is 8 points ahead of Tom Cotton in the polls right now.” Do you think 7 year old Toby Smith would make a better Senator than Trumper Tom Cotton?