Senator Says Gitmo Detainees 'Can Rot In Hell'

It's the latest tense exchange in the ongoing debate over the prison camp.

The freshman senator dismissed the widespread criticisms of the detention center in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, including the argument that the detention center helps fuel propaganda for terrorists.

“As far as I’m concerned, every last one of them can rot in hell, but as long as they don’t do that, then they can rot in Guantanamo Bay!” Cotton said, shutting off his mic.

Manchin then told the committee he used to hold similar views with Cotton before he visited the detention center himself.

“I came back changed,” Manchin said. “It's not an atmosphere that our guards should be in or our military people should -- with their talent, should be used and wasted along those lines, is what I saw.”

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