"This, my friends, is today's GOP. Make sure they lose control of the Senate on November 3. In fact, make sure they lose control of everything. They've lost the right to govern," Reich said on Twitter.
But the Arkansas Republican, who is running for reelection this year, dismissed news coverage that he had described slavery as a necessary evil.
"This is the definition of fake news," Cotton wrote on Twitter. "I said that *the Founders viewed slavery as a necessary evil*."
In response, Hannah-Jones tweeted: "You said, quote: 'As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built.' That 'as' denotes agreement."
The New York Times came under criticism earlier this year for publishing a column by Tom Cotton urging the federal government to use the military to put down street protests over police violence and racial injustice.
The op-ed publication led to the opinion editor's resignation.
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