Activists and commentators are furious that the New York Times gave the column width to Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who has been advocating the violent overthrow of the protesters if necessary.
While that move is illegal and a clear violation of the Constitution and Cotton's oath of office, he took to Twitter to encourage murdering protesters instead of arresting them.
"No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters," Cotton tweeted this week.
"Quartering" means lodging or holding people, as Media Matters' Lisa Power noted.
Sen. Tom Cotton suggests "no quarter" for rioters and looters. Historically, it means you kill people rather than… https://t.co/BYMuPeuoUO— Lis Power (@Lis Power)1591026860.0
It was a comment that many were shocked the Times was willing to let Cotton expound on in the pages of the "paper of record."
See the angry responses below:
.@nytopinion neither has to seek out nor publish such racist authoritarian tripe. Tom Cotton already has a Senate… https://t.co/RO9ecg76XC— Clara Jeffery (@Clara Jeffery)1591213573.0
Tom Cotton's NYT pitch boils down to "I have testicles and want to do war crimes on American streets." He is very p… https://t.co/VDAWyBfTrj— Adam Weinstein (@Adam Weinstein)1591214729.0
You think that Cotton is using the Times' neutered bothsidesism to call for domestic massacres but in fact the Time… https://t.co/N3eHvuhquV— Jacob Bacharach (@Jacob Bacharach)1591214078.0
some op-ed editor emailed tom cotton and was like, i feel like this tweet could be an essay?! https://t.co/M8s5bFbfFx— doreen st. félix (@doreen st. félix)1591215447.0
This is disgusting, Tom Cotton is disgusting, and the Times should never have published it. It's a call for raciali… https://t.co/lZAVBQaYxX— Ernest Saves Sam Thielman💭 (@Ernest Saves Sam Thielman💭)1591213144.0
I still believe that Tom Cotton is too much of a dead eyed bloodthirsty psycho to even compete in a GOP Presidentia… https://t.co/Ms9kJLB5ZT— You've been crushed son, Mr Lib (@You've been crushed son, Mr Lib)1591213727.0
Damn James Bennet really saw Tom Cotton’s tweet thread about wanting to massacre Americans citizens with the US mil… https://t.co/fx8sYV1rg9— Tom Ley (@Tom Ley)1591214968.0
Tom Cotton is campaigning for future office by positioning himself as the most fascistic fascist.— Jared Yates Sexton (@Jared Yates Sexton)1591214209.0
Tom Cotton knows a thing or two about looting https://t.co/RuKDFosB2I— Sal the Agorist (@Sal the Agorist)1591189062.0
The fascism embraced by Tom Cotton and his fellow travelers is far more of a threat to American democracy than any… https://t.co/V2QqKa2YM8— Ryan Costello (@Ryan Costello)1591214990.0
if you're a China hawk or a Hong Kong dissident, you gotta recognize that people like Tom Cotton, who call for the… https://t.co/y0MyneOM4c— James Palmer (@James Palmer)1591213500.0
Lots of great lines in here that are like paeans to fascist imagery https://t.co/85SXuxewg4— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1591216608.0
Tom Cotton should have to declare this as an in-kind campaign donation from the NYT, but that's another law he does… https://t.co/8JIY3WIgvo— Adam Weinstein (@Adam Weinstein)1591214434.0
Tom Cotton is stereotypically fash guy radicalized by his experience in imperial wars and now in a position to impo… https://t.co/oxAhWMHIOR— Murtaza M. Hussain (@Murtaza M. Hussain)1591215487.0
Go, and I cannot stress this enough, fuck yourself, @SenTomCotton. https://t.co/MbX8ljgOoj— The Rude Pundit (@The Rude Pundit)1591213744.0
Two days ago, Senator Tom Cotton urged the military to execute Americans in the street without trial. The New Yor… https://t.co/q0rRd5mXSd— Jamison Foser (@Jamison Foser)1591215949.0
Tom Cotton is a fascist. Hate oozes from every word of this dehumanizing screed. https://t.co/1v0uz7FjH9 https://t.co/KT8vV94CDd— Walker Bragman (@Walker Bragman)1591215784.0
This is such an irresponsible move by the @nytimes. https://t.co/pl8ILMZgf5— Michael "G for Grinch" Bazemore (@Michael "G for Grinch" Bazemore)1591214632.0