WASHINGTON – Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., unleashed a tirade against Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., bemoaning that, “I am forced to listen to the bitter, vulgar, incoherent ramblings of the minority leader.”

“Normally, like every other American, I ignore them,” he continued, “I can’t ignore them today, however.”

Cotton made the comments on the Senate floor Wednesday, while blasting Reid for “his cancerous leadership” and for trying delay a defense spending bill that had just passed by a vote of 98-0.

Cotton ridiculed Reid for claiming the bill was written “in the dead of night,” noting it had been public for weeks.

“And this coming from a man who drafted Obamacare in his office and rammed it through this Senate at midnight on Christmas Eve, on a straight party line vote?”

Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Cotton called Reid’s claim “an outrageous slander.”

“To say that he’s delaying this because he cares for the troops? A man who never served himself?” continued Cotton. “A man who, in April 2007, came to this very floor before the surge had even reached its peak and said the war is lost? When over 100 Americans were being killed in Iraq every month? When I was carrying their dead bodies off an airplane at Dover Air Force Base?

“It is an outrage to say we had to delay this because he cares for the troops. We are protecting it for one reason and one reason only: to protect his own sad, sorry legacy.”

The senator bitterly remarked, “When was the last time the minority leader read a bill? It was probably an electricity bill.”

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