The letter written by Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 46 of his fellow Republican Senators addressed to the leaders of Iran has created a controversy that has drawn comments from nearly everyone. It is not just Democrats and their supporters who have condemned the action, may conservative publications and commentators have been less than approving of the move.
Some of the signatories have tried to explain their decision to sign away or to trivialize the import of the letter. John McCain cast himself as a sort of Henry Blake from M.A.S.H. signing any paper put in front of him by the loyal Radar O’Reilly, saying “I saw the letter, I saw that it looked reasonable to me and I signed it, that’s all. I sign lots of letters.”
As Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post reported on Friday other signatories have dug in their heels insisting that the Senators who signed had done the right thing and expressing incredulity at the backlash.
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) said the negative responses were “a significant overreaction” and that it was simply “a number of senators expressing their view of something that’s a fact, that Congress, the Senate, needs to be involved.”
In an interview with Shane Smith of Vice News which will air on Monday the president weighed in with his take on the situation as well as a variety of other topics from legalizing marijuana to climate change and college affordability.
“I’m embarrassed for them,” Obama says in a trailer released on Friday. “For them to address a letter to the ayatollah … who they claim is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument to them is, ‘Don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement.’ That’s close to unprecedented.”
Watch the trailer from Vice News below.