Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Tuesday compared anti-racism protesters in Portland to Confederate insurrectionists, likening the Trump administration’s use of federal agents to Abraham Lincoln defending Fort Sumter.
With unidentified Homeland Security agents in unmarked vehicles and patrolling the streets of Portland as well as apprehending protesters, they are protecting federal property. Both President Donald Trump and acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf have defended the actions as necessary to protect federal property.
And on Monday, the president said he would be willing to send more feds to other cities that are not able to, or will not try to protect federal property. “New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Baltimore and all of these cities, even Oakland is a mess, we are not going to let this happen in the country, all run by liberal Democrats,” Trump said. “We’re going to have more federal law enforcement, that I can tell you.”
Cotton, who sparked controversy last month by advocating for military intervention in response to Black Lives Matter protests, appeared on Fox & Friends to offer a full-throated defense of Trump’s latest “law and order” strategy.
Cotton said on Fox, “the federal government cannot allow anarchists and insurrectionists to destroy federal courthouses, federal buildings or other federal property. “These insurrectionists in the streets of Portland are little different from the insurrectionists who seceded from the Union in 1861 in South Carolina, and tried to take over Fort Sumter.
“And just like President Lincoln wouldn’t stand for that, the federal government today cannot stand for the vandalism, the firebombing, or any attacks on federal property,” Cotton continued. “It is right to send federal law enforcement in to defend federal property and federal facilities.”
I agree will what Mr. Cotton. Why should we let violent protesters and looters destroy what all of us have paid for with our tax dollars? It is ridiculous that this is being allowed by any state, anywhere in our Country. If the subjected state can’t protect the federal property and facilities, then federal law enforcement should be involved.