Clyburn Slams Tom Cotton’s Call for Military to Put Down Rioting in the US

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) is criticizing Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) for his recent controversial op-ed published in The New York Times.

According to Clyburn, the Arkansas senator should be “ashamed of himself.”

“Cotton is from Arkansas. He ought to be ashamed of himself,” Clyburn said on Monday during a news conference.

The top-ranking Congressional Democrat called on Cotton to read the 2019 memoir, “Unexampled Courage,” which focuses on Isaac Woodard’s return from World War II.

Just hours after returning home from WWII in 1946, an honorably discharged army veteran was brutally attacked by police in South Carolina. Clyburn noted the similarities in police brutality then and now.

“He was taken off a bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, by a deputy sheriff; he was in his uniform. And that deputy sheriff took his billy stick and punched his eyes out,” Clyburn said. “And that has been the foundation upon which law enforcement in many parts of this country have been established.”

In the op-ed piece, titled “Send in the Troops,” Cotton insisted rioters would “not only will destroy the livelihoods of law-abiding citizens but will also take more innocent lives” if they are “not subdued.”

He went on to insist “an overwhelming show of force to disperse” would be the way to “restore order” amid protests.

“One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain, and ultimately deter lawbreakers. But local law enforcement in some cities desperately needs backup, while delusional politicians in other cities refuse to do what’s necessary to uphold the rule of law.”

Clyburn’s criticism of Cotton’s piece follows backlash the Times received from readers and journalists. Due to criticism about the piece, the publication added that the piece “fell short of our standards and should not have been published.”

Times Editor James Bennet admitted he had not read Cotton’s piece before it was published. He apologized but the internal fallout over the piece ultimately contributed to Bennet submitting his resignation.

Responses

  1. This is 2020 not 1946 we have evolved and integrated. Either try to send in the man power to stop the destruction or back off and let it go until it stops. Then refuse to clean up or rebuild which would make a new life of those residents having to commute longer distances to buy goods or services after destroying their own neighborhoods. If the COVID 19 US unemployment pay and world wide job shut down had been stopped and everyone had been made to return to work I don’t think the riots would have been bad and very limited and short lived and definitely now world wide. People had nothing better to do and were getting paid for it.

  2. The left have gone a long way in their quest to destroy America. Destroy all leftist. It’s us or them. The time is now. Don’t delay do it today.

  3. “He was taken off a bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, by a deputy sheriff; he was in his uniform. And that deputy sheriff took his billy stick and punched his eyes out,” Clyburn said. “And that has been the foundation upon which law enforcement in many parts of this country have been established.” BS!!!!

    “Clyburn’s criticism of Cotton’s piece follows backlash the Times received from readers and journalists. Due to criticism about the piece, the publication added that the piece “fell short of our standards and should not have been published.” OH, so I guess that means that only Democrats have the right to express themselves. More undermining the 1st amendment. Like Twitter, Democrat rags are now going to censure any comments or articles that disagree with Democrat agendas. A one sided press, a one sided social media is what we now have. This is how Democrats hope to gain power and control.

  4. The FakeNews Media Did not show peaceful protests here in Chicago on my TV. Time for the Second Amendment folks to become Woke!

  5. Oh right! He should be ashamed of himself for trying to stop rioting and looting and the destruction of property. Are you that stupid?!

  6. These were riots, looting, arson and killing, local law enforcement hands were tied and told to sit on the side lines. Into the breach the American military to protect law abiding tax paying citizens, who are not allowed to protect themselves from auntifey and their complisent politicians.

  7. Sen. Cotton was opposed to the peaceful denuclearization of Iran on the grounds that it did not involve U.S. military intervention promoted by Bibi. So why would anyone be surprised that he supports U.S. military intervention against American citizens exercising their right to peaceful protest? As in the case of his 2015 objection to JCPOA and his 2019 support for the U.S. buying Greenland, Sen Cotton has the Constitutional right to voice his wacky opinions. At least with his latest idea, he did pull 46 other Republican Senators into this one as he did with his open letter to Iranian leaders.

    1. Syphilis, your comment is based on lies. Peaceful protests? The same old cry of the Democrats. We know better as we saw the riots and destruction. Looney Tunes like you would remove all protection then blame the President when destruction occurs. No thanks.

      “Sen Cotton has the Constitutional right to voice his wacky opinions.” Apparently, he doesn’t. Like social media, the press is eliminating the opinions of Republicans/Conservatives, so Liberals/Democrats are the only ones heard. Another plan of the indoctrination from the Left, following in the footsteps of Hitler, Saddam, Ibethejimmyjab, the Ayatollah assahola, Mao, Stalin, Kim Jong Un, etc. Socialists and/or dictators all.

    2. Phyllis: Deliberately distorting what Republican say again, aren’t you. That’s the main way to attempt to convince people that President Trump is bad. Misquoting, twisting, etc.

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