Tom Cotton

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Tom Cotton in 2020

Thomas Bryant Cotton (born May 13, 1977) is an American politician serving as the junior United States senator for Arkansas since January 3, 2015. He is a Republican.


  • Now that the Department of Justice has confirmed that the Senate FIRST STEP Act offers early release to multiple categories of sex offenders in several provisions of the bill, Congress should fix these problems instead of ramming this bill through. There is no such thing as a "low-risk violent sex offender" who deserves earlier release than under current law
  • These rioters, if not subdued, not only will destroy the livelihoods of law-abiding citizens but will also take more innocent lives. Many poor communities that still bear scars from past upheavals will be set back still further.
    One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers.
    • "Send In the Troops", The New York Times (3 June 2020)
    • In response to the George Floyd protests, some of which were violent. After criticism from readers and staff over the two days following publication, a review by The New York Times editors "concluded that the essay fell short of our standards and should not have been published".
  • Judge Jackson will coddle criminals and terrorists, and she will twist or ignore the law to reach the result that she wants. That's not what we need in a Supreme Court justice, and that's why I will be voting against her confirmation.
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