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Tom Cotton on Trump's racist tweets: "The president is gonna tweet what he's gonna tweet"

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Photo: Chuck Kennedy

At an Axios news shapers event on Tuesday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) declined to directly respond when asked whether President Trump's tweets attacking four congresswomen of color were racist.

"I think what he sees is a lot of extremism from the House Democrats. ... The president is gonna tweet what he's gonna tweet."

State of play: After initial silence, Republicans have been rolling out their own backlash against the president, with figures from both chambers condemning the rhetoric.

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