As riots and protests continue to rage across the country over the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the response from the right-wing has been fairly predictable.
There are those who reluctantly accept that the treatment of George Floyd was appalling but who condescendingly share photographs of Martin Luther King Jr.’s marches and say things like “THIS IS A PROTEST” as if they wouldn’t have cheered his assassination — and then there are those who openly fantasize about violently suppressing the protests and killing even more black men.
One prominent figure who falls into the latter camp is Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), who prompted mockery on social media after calling for the 101st Airborne Division to be deployed to deal with these “Antifa terrorists” that the President and his team have decided are responsible for the vandalism and the looting.
Anarchy, rioting, and looting needs to end tonight.
If local law enforcement is overwhelmed and needs backup, let's see how tough these Antifa terrorists are when they're facing off with the 101st Airborne Division.
We need to have zero tolerance for this destruction.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 1, 2020
Cotton, once the leader of the so-called “47 traitors” who attempted to derail President Obama’s nuclear peace deal with Iran, is infamous for the deranged enthusiasm with which he pushes for a military solution to all of America’s foreign policy problems.
It is morbidly laughable to see him come to the conclusion that “invade America” is his solution to the nationwide protests against the white supremacist institutions that Cotton fights to uphold— and painfully ironic, seeing as Cotton had spent his entire bloodthirsty career celebrating and pushing for the destruction of Muslim communities across the world.
This is a man whose worldview is so warped that his only response to the communal outrage at the instruments of state violence being utilized to murder its citizens without trial or charge is to kill even more of them, and it’s terrifying to think that this man is in the United States Senate and making decisions that affect the entire nation.
His 2020 challenger, independent progressive Dan Whitfield, quickly took to Twitter and put warmonger Cotton in his place. Due to an embarrassing interparty conflict, there is no Democratic Party challenger for Cotton in the next election cycle, leaving Whitfield as his main challenger.
You have called for sending troops into Iran, Mexico, China, and now your own constituents here at home.
These protesters aren’t antifa, they are the Americans that are frustrated because of racists.
We need zero tolerance for the systematic racism that caused this to happen.
— 👔Dan Whitfield For US Senate 2020 | Arkansas (@DanWhitCongress) June 1, 2020
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.