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BY: Charles Fain Lehman
Tom Cotton got teary-eyed Tuesday while delivering a speech on the floor of the Senate memorializing everyday heroes during Hurricane Harvey.
Cotton - Floor - Men - Women - Harvey
Cotton took the floor to thank men and women who had helped out during Harvey, saying that their examples had been especially valuable in the trying time the country currently faces.
"I also want to express our thanks on behalf of a grateful nation. All of you reminded us of the American spirit at a time when we needed it pretty badly," he said.
Cotton - Challenges - America - Month - August
Cotton reviewed some of the challenges that had faced America throughout the month of August, including violence in Charlottesville, Va. and at University of California-Berkley.
"But none of these contemptible people represent America. Certainly not what is best in America," Cotton said of violent protesters.
Voices - Anarchists - Number - Tens - Millions
He called for deemphasizing the voices of anarchists and neo-nazis, who one would think "number in the tens of millions while watching TV or surfing the web." Rather, he turned to the example set by men and women in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, who revealed "an American spirit as strong, as brave, and as loving as ever."
"What was striking was how ordinary citizens answered the call to duty," he said.
Stories - Flooding - Mattress - Salesman - Mattress
He related stories from the flooding, like that of local mattress salesman Mattress Mac, who turned two furniture stores into shelters and helped 800-some people, sending his delivery trucks...
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