Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was livid over an op-ed written by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) in which he expresses support for military intervention in stopping out-of-control riots in cities across America.
Cotton (R-AR) wrote that an “overwhelming show of force” was necessary to “disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers” who are using the murder of George Floyd as an excuse for violence. “The federal government has a constitutional duty to the states to ‘protect each of them from domestic violence,'” Cotton writes.
“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.”
Cotton’s op-ed, which was printed in The New York Times on Wednesday, comes just one day before an NYPD police officer was stabbed in the neck and two others were shot as they stood guard against looters.
Senator Tom Cotton is under attack by left wing media activists because he called for an end to the riots!
Americans aren’t blind to injustices in our society but DEMAND the political elite don’t just standby while the country burns.
— Jessie Jane Duff – Text FIGHT to 88022 (@JessieJaneDuff) June 4, 2020
AOC ran down a litany of questions of which she demanded answers from The New York Times, many of which were completely lacking in any factual backing. One such example: “Can you explain your choice to publish [Cotton’s column] on the anniversary of Tiananmen Square?” the New York socialist asked. The Tiananmen Square incident is often referred to in China as the “June 4th incident.” Any guesses why? Ding ding—because it occurred on June 4th, not June 3rd.
Historical facts being fumbled by AOC are to be expected though. It’s the deliberate (we’re giving her the benefit of the doubt here) misunderstanding of basic concepts. For example, she asks: “Do you believe calling for violence is an ‘opinion’?”
Not one word of violence is uttered in Cotton’s piece. AOC is simply conflating “violence” with the enforcement of law and order. Ironic, too, that had a left-wing domestic terrorist published a column explaining the need for their violent actions in The New York Times, Ocasio-Cortez wouldn’t have batted an eye. If ignorance were an expression of art, AOC would be the Sistine Chapel.
@JBennet Other Qs: Did you consider the author‘s explicit call for violence (“no quarter”) when you chose to run this piece?
Is it your belief that you are not responsible for the factual integrity of what you publish?
Do you believe calling for violence is an “opinion”?
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 4, 2020
America Disagrees With AOC
As Cotton notes in his column, a majority of Americans side with his viewpoint when it comes to having the military called in to assist police forces in stopping violent riots. Not just right-leaning voters, but Democrats and voters across the board are all on Cotton’s side.
58% of Americans support sending the military in to supplement police force to quell riots
Compare that to the twitter discourse lmao https://t.co/dkORzmAlOz
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) June 2, 2020
That same poll also showed support for bringing in the National Guard to stop the riots—by an even wider margin: 71 percent of registered voters supported calling in the Guard, while a mere 18 percent opposed the measure. “The American people aren’t blind to injustices in our society, but they know that the most basic responsibility of government is to maintain public order and safety,” Cotton muses. “In normal times, local law enforcement can uphold public order. But in rare moments, like ours today, more is needed, even if many politicians prefer to wring their hands while the country burns.” AOC is one such politician. What makes her even more dangerous, however, is the willful ignorance she uses to justify her actions.
This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
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