Tillis, Flake, Boozman

Executive Session (Dreiband Nomination)

Senator Tillis: (1:28 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "His name is Andrew Brunson. He's a Presbyterian minister from North Carolina that in 2016 under the emergency orders in Turkey, President Erdogan ended up ordering the arrest of many people, many of probably were involved in the illegal coup attempt. If evidence demonstrates they were, they should be held accountable for their actions. But unfortunately thousands of people, journalist, people of faith, a number of other people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time like a NASA scientist who already spent two and a half years in prison, they were also arrested. They were also put in prison."


Senator Flake: (1:34 p.m.)

  • Spoke on fake news.
    • "The rest of the world often has no such luxury. Another audience for presidential utterances is the despot, the strongman, the authoritarian, the dictator, and from this president, that horrible focus group has received a great deal of sustenance. In fact, the oppressors of the world have taken to parroting some of their favorite lines from the white house. Anything critical of their regimes has become fake news. The press is the enemy of the people. Just to name two of our president's greatest hits. As I mentioned in this chamber in January of this year, a state official in Myanmar recently said, there is no such thing as Rohingya. It is fake news."


Senator Boozman: (1:39 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to the new inductees of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.
    • "Founded in 1992 by Charles Stewart and Patricia Goodwin to recognize the gifts of Africans with Arkansas routes, the first induction ceremony horned six individuals including acclaimed poet and activist Maya Angelou and civil rights advocate and Little Rock nine mentor Daisy Bates. We are probably all familiar with Arkansas' role in the movement for public integration. The African American students who were threatened and intimidated by fellow classmates and community members is as they tried to enter Little Rock Central School quickly became icons of the civil rights movement because of their courage in the face of overwhelming adversity."