BREAKING: CAIR Calls for Senator Tom Cotton to Resign Over “Racist Remarks”

CAIR, the Council of Islamic Relations has issued the following statement:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) to resign after attempting to justify the enslavement of Black men, women and children in America by saying that it was a “necessary evil upon which the union was built.”

In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette published on Sunday, Cotton stated: “As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.”

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

“Both as Muslims and as human beings, we know that evil is never necessary. Whether it is the rape, torture and enslavement of Black Americans because of the color of our skin, or the genocide of indigenous Americans, evil is simply evil. Anyone who claims otherwise should not hold public office. Tom Cotton should resign.”

Cotton’s racist remarks were made in support of a bill he recently introduced that seeks to prevent federal education funding for the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project.

Tom Cotton has pushed back on the narrative that he attempted to justify slavery and tweeted:

This is the definition of fake news.

I said that *the Founders viewed slavery as a necessary evil* and described how they put the evil institution on the path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln.

Cotton also wrote:

More lies from the debunked 1619 Project.

Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery.

No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right.