House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) “ought to be ashamed of himself” after penning a controversial op-ed in the New York Times calling for the U.S. military to put down rioting in American cities sparked by the death of George Floyd.
Cotton explained the inside story of his New York Times op-ed ‘Send in the Troops’ on ‘Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo.
WashingtonExaminer reports House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn denounced Sen. Tom Cotton over his controversial column that encouraged the government to send military troops into cities to assist local law enforcement with violent protesters.
Clyburn, who is the highest-ranking black lawmaker in Congress, called out the Republican senator on Monday as Democratic House leadership unveiled its new proposals for police reform.
“Cotton is from Arkansas. He ought to be ashamed of himself,” said the South Carolina congressman, who also encouraged Cotton to read about Isaac Woodard, a black World War II veteran who was assaulted and blinded by police officers hours after he was honorably discharged in 1946.
“He was stopped, 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, headlined “Tom Cotton: Send in the troops,” Cotton encouraged President Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act — a law that gives the president the authority to deploy the U.S. military and National Guard troops domestically to reign in the violence, looting, and destruction that has taken place alongside peaceful protests in response to George Floyd’s death in police custody.
“One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers,” Cotton wrote. “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.”
Last week’s op-ed sparked backlash among New York Times journalists, a controversy that led to a lengthy editor’s note, a review of the editing process, and James Bennet’s resignation as the head of the opinion section.