Tom Cotton Eric Bolling | Senator Cotton weighs in on federal law enforcement in U.S. cities
s cities to crack down on the violent protests that have been occurring in those cities. Joining me now is senator tom cotton senator you’ve recently compared the protesters in portland to the insurrectionists who seceded from the union during the civil war. Well, eric what you’ve, seen in portland for many nights now is a tax on federal property, federal installations, federal facilities, there’s been an effort to firebomb the courthouse. There there’s been vandalism of the courthouse repeatedly. The federal government doesn’t just have the power. It has a responsibility to protect federal property and to protect federal installations. That is exactly what happened in 1861, when insurrectionists in south carolina blockaded and then shelled fort sumter, abraham lincoln, faced the exact same kind of decision just like abraham lincoln. We cannot allow violent insurrectionists in our streets to attack federal buildings or federal property, senator um in portland, uh, mayor wheeler and chicago mayor lightfoot and in new york mayor de blasio, have said: if you put federal law enforcement in my city, specifically lightfoot and de blasio, They will go hard at that at trump and others they’ll go to the courts and and try and stop that to try and block that. What do you say to those who those mayors well first, of course the president has the duty not just the power to protect innocent lives and property of american citizens.
It should fall first to mayors and their police forces to do that job.
But if the mayors refuse to help the police do their job and federal offenses are being committed, it is not again not just the power but the responsibility of the federal government to protect innocent lives and property, as has happened in portland it’s, not just about federal Property, though anytime someone throws an incendiary device, they could be charged under federal law. There are numerous drug crimes that are being committed, drug crimes or gun crimes that are committed in the streets of major cities. That’S. One reason why there’s so much crime, so many terrible shootings, like we saw earlier this week in chicago when a funeral was shot up. So the the federal government has a responsibility and has the power to take the steps necessary to protect not only its own property. But the lives and the property of its citizens. Mayors should be doing that first and foremost in many of these places, though they’re, essentially in league, with these violent rioters and looters trying to defund the police and not allowing the police to do their job and so and so the way it works. Uh senator, as you know, i think the audience needs to understand. Uh trump will suggest that he’s going to put federal law enforcement officers into these cities. The cities will go to court to try and block it. If they do get, some sort of block order should should trump veto that and just go in anyway.
Well, the department of justice should immediately appeal that to the court of appeals into the supreme court, if necessary, there are federal officers and agents in our streets every day.
They are there to help protect us. Look in arkansas. We have a strong cooperative relationship with the u.s attorney with the fbi with the dea they work together in task forces. They help bring charges against the most serious, violent and repeat felons, because federal sentences are often longer and there is no parole in the federal system. These mayors should be seeking out that kind of cooperative relationship with the federal government to help stop the terrible, violent crime wave we’ve seen in this country in recent weeks in cities like chicago and new york and portland, you know, i think i think the vast majority Of americans would agree with you. We need to stop this and not really sure how to do it. The mayor is pushing back senator. You wrote the op ed let’s talk a little bit about that. The op ed that you put in the new york times, um james bennett, the op ed editor – had to resign uh because of that uh placing your ipad and you were talking about sending in troops um. Where is the media right now? The new york times is a paper of record. Why is it that something that is strictly opinion that you probably represent a vast majority, certainly of of conservative opinion can’t, make it onto the new york times without getting someone fired? Well, the new york times has revealed itself not to be the paper of record but to be a national laughing stock, and they still have not pointed out where my op ed had any errors any factual mistakes they claimed it didn’t meet their standards.
I would have to agree with them on that eric it didn’t meet their standards, it far exceeded their usual very low standards for op eds, but in the end, even though they couldn’t say to that they still fired the top editor because they would not stand up To a woke child mob in their newsroom who had been weaned in college on social justice seminars and safe spaces and preventing microaggressions, this is the real world. People have to understand that they’re going to be confronted with opinions that they might not like opinions. Like my opinion that the insurrection act should be used as a last resort to restore order in our cities that have a majority of support among the american people, you know senator in in since that occurred. Barry weiss, a prominent reporter with the new york times who says she’s. I guess she calls herself conservative down the middle i’m. Not so sure of that i would even call her leaning left said she had the lead because she felt a hostile work environment for just having some sort of centrist opinion. I mean the new york times typically historically for a hundred, and some years has been the paper of record of record, showing both sides has has that ship sailed. Now is the new york times completely a left wing newspaper publication? Now, okay, the the new york times ship sailed long ago and i think they’ve really dropped the mask entirely uh, not only over the last six weeks since my op ed ran, but really over the last three and a half years, they’ve revealed themselves to be the Media wing of the far left of the democratic party and barry y sounds like she faced serious circumstances of sexual harassment and religious discrimination, and the new york times could face liability for that, because it was happening on open, uh, internal dialogue channels, which editors and senior Management had access to no one, no matter what their politics are right, left or center should have to face that kind of circumstance in their workplace sounds like the new york times have real problems that they need to address.
Senator tom cotton.