GOP Sen. Cotton Tells Trump He Has A 'Secret Weapon' He Can Use To Shutdown Riots
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Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton encouraged President Donald Trump on Monday to use the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty U.S. troops to cities being torn apart and damaged by riots.
Following the death of George Floyd, an black man killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police, cities across the country are being ravaged and destroyed by lawless rioters.
During an interview on Fox News, Cotton said Trump can use the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty military members "if necessary the president should use the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty military forces to these cities to support our local law enforcement and ensure that this violence ends tonight, not one more night."
"What the president can do is say that justice will be done in accordance with law for George Floyd and we will always respect the right of peaceful protests ... but the rioting, the anarchy and the looting ends tonight. If local law enforcement is overwhelmed ... lets see how these anarchists respond when the 101st Airborne is on the other side of the street," Cotton added.
Here's more from The Hill on the Insurrection Act:
The Insurrection Act is a law, passed in 1807, that gives the president the power to deploy active U.S. military troops on U.S. soil.
It was used in 1992, when the governor of California requested federal assistance in response to riots in Los Angeles, but has not been enacted since then, according to Just Security.
The Associated Press reported on Friday that the Pentagon was readying to deploy active-duty troops to Minnesota if the governor requested additional help.
Cotton also took to Twitter to further make his point.
"What the president can do is say that justice will be done in accordance with law for George Floyd, and we will always respect the right of peaceful protest as many of these cities saw in the daytime, but the rioting, the anarchy and the looting ends tonight," he said.
"And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry — whatever it takes to restore order. No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters," he added.
Trump endorsed Cotton's idea via Twitter.
Rioting and looting occurred in major U.S. cities over the weekend, including Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. New York mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday suggested that the city might enforce a curfew if the riots continue. NYPD counterterrorism chief John Miller on Sunday told reporters that a group of “anarchists” had coordinated a looting spree on wealthy neighborhoods, after the upscale Soho district saw widespread break-ins.
The riots have grown out of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, who was killed during his arrest by white police officers in Minneapolis, Minn., last week. Former officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder after video emerged showing him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe.”
Many would agree that if the police and national guard don't restore order, something should be done if we want to protect our country and maintain order.
If the mayors and governors do not get tough and get control, innocent people will continue to be harmed as well as businesses and neighborhoods will be destroyed.