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Sen. Cotton warns of serious consequences if military applies focus on CRT

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing for Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cotton has risen to the ranks of potential 2024 Republican presidential contenders by making all the right enemies. Now, the Arkansas lawmaker is making more by lining up behind President Donald Trump’s law and order recipe for controlling civic unrest (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has continued to push back on critical race theory being worked into military training. In an interview on Friday, Cotton discussed the letters he has received from members of the military and their families that details their concern over CRT.

Cotton, who currently serves on the armed services committee, has asserted the military has always been about getting ahead strictly based on merit. He warned of “real intangible costs” if leaders continued their attempts to divide service members.

Cotton recently confronted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about the training being implemented.

“The military has included the works of critical race theories on its reading list by authors,” he explained. “Mr. Kendi has written ‘the only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.’ Do you agree with that proposition?”

Austin expressed his disagreement with that statement and admitted to never having read those writings by Kendi. Cotton continued to interrupt Austin on multiple occasions as the Defense Secretary attempted to explain the circumstances of racial issues within the military.

Cotton proceeded to argue that continuing down this path would sow distrust between troops, tank morale and have a serious impact on preparedness.

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