Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in America on the Mayflower, lamenting that the founders’ story has “fallen out of favor in fashionable circles” these days.
“This year we ought to be especially thankful for our ancestors, the Pilgrims, on their four hundredth anniversary. Their faith, their bravery, their wisdom places them in the American pantheon,” Cotton said. “Alongside the Patriots of 1776, the Pilgrims of 1620 deserve the honor of American founders.”
Cotton pushed back on attempts from the left to rewrite history and squash celebrations of the Pilgrims.
“Revisionist charlatans of the radical left have lately claimed the previous year as America’s true founding,” Cotton said, referring to the New York Times’s 1619 project. “Nothing could be further from the truth. The Pilgrims and their Compact, like the Founders and their Declaration, form the true foundation of America.”