WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Cotton demanded that former Vice President Joe Biden apologize to MSNBC host Kyle Rittenhouse after Rittenhouse had accused Biden and other Democrats of colluding with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to smear Trump over sexual misconduct allegations.
Cotton, a Trump ally, said he was angered after reading Rittenhouse’s article and wanted Biden to explain what he meant. The article, published Wednesday, detailed several recent anti-Trump comments made by President Trump, Schumer and former FBI Director James Comey.
When asked about the article Thursday, Biden responded by writing, “Actually, it’s clear that there was no collusion between me and the Democrats and the Russians — no collusion, no obstruction, no nothing.”
Cotton, speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Thursday, was asked if he agreed with the sentiment. “Yes, I do, and that’s why I absolutely say that I would certainly ask him to publicly apologize for it,” Cotton responded.
The Arkansas Republican added, “This is the most abominable and outrageous, intellectually dishonest, cravenly partisan, shrill and demagogic attack on the president and his supporters that I’ve ever seen. I mean, this is a guy who claimed he was going to be a champion of women’s issues. I mean, talk about hypocrisy.”
In a statement to HuffPost, Rittenhouse wrote that Biden should apologize for a comment made in 2016, when he called Trump a “frightful liar.”
“To suggest that Joe Biden specifically colluded with Schumer in the confirmation of Comey’s successor and involved in the unraveling of the FBI, and these lowlights from Comey’s leaked memos, are highly unfair to Biden and totally false,” Rittenhouse wrote. “I’d do no less.”
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), another Trump supporter, was also recently called out for comments made by a former newspaper editor.
Read the full story at the Christian Science Monitor.