Tom Cotton Tells ‘FOX & Friends’ Govt. Should Use ‘Whatever It Takes To Restore Order’

Republican Senator Tom Cotton told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that local governments should use “whatever it takes to restore order” as ongoing protests have taken violent turns in some communities.

“If local law enforcement is overwhelmed, if local politicians will not do their most basic job to protect our citizens, let’s see how these anarchists respond when the 101st Airborne is on the other side of the street,” Cotton said via Axios, referencing President Trump’s promise to deploy active-duty military forces under the Insurrection Act.

“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,” the Arkansas senator added.

“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,”

Cotton added: “Violent anarchists and insurrectionists were once again allowed to rule the streets last night in too many cities. The only way to end this insurrection is the overwhelming display of force.”

“To those who claim the military has no role in stopping anarchists and other criminals from tearing apart our cities: read a book,” he defended. “The military has intervened to maintain public order since the Whiskey Rebellion.”

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President Trump agreed with Cotton in a tweet that simply read, “Yes!”

Axios adds:

The big picture: The Insurrection Act allows the president to “restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States” when “domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order.”

  • The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe reported that a senior defense official told him on Saturday that “no one in the department is talking about invoking the Insurrection Act.”