Senator Tom Cotton condemned the controversy surrounding his New York Times, published last summer, on how to deal with violence in the wake of riots resulting from protests against racial justice.
Speaking of the riots that erupted in cities across the country at the CPAC on Friday, Cotton stood by his June 2020 post that sparked anger among Times staff.
« I wrote a comment he had a very simple message, a very simple, very reasonable message. Relying on American history and law, backed by a majority of Americans, the argument is simple: If the police are unable to restore order, it is time to dispatch the troops, ”said Cotton, to applaud attendees at the Conservative Congregation.
« What happened next? Total breakdown with the Little Warriors of Social Justice in the New York Times. All of these kids were marinated in the language of the campus classroom. They said things like, « Your words are putting my life at risk. » As if you were typing on their cell phones, sitting on futons would be just as dangerous as a cop trying to stop rioters on the street. » that he received that his words are « violence ».
« I’m sorry little one, words are words, » he said, « Violence is what your friends do on the streets of America. »
« Well Of course the New York Times editors gave in, turned around and apologized. They said my work was not up to their standards. This is one time that I actually agree with the New York Times. My work wasn’t up to their standards, it far exceeded their normally lousy standards. «
Cotton continued, » Some people on the left even asked me to apologize. Let me say again, I will never apologize for defending America. «
The paper changed However, their mood changed after days of backlash from staff, including more than 300 non-editorial staff who held a virtual strike by calling in sick while hundreds of journalists visited a virtual town hall with angry questions and comments for Publisher AG’s Sulzberger, editor-in-chief Dean Baquet and editorial page editor James Bennet.
Eventually, The Times tossed the opinion editor under the bus, saying it « did not meet our standards » and was published due to a « rushed editorial process ».
Cotton beat the paper to the Time to say that the publisher and owner of the editorial site is « a lively bully from their own news room, which is apparently triggered when they are presented with an opinion that contradicts their own. «
During his CPAC speech on Friday, Cotton also lamented coronavirus restrictions on larger, more liberal cities, noting that the organization, under current Washington DC rules, moved the event out of the area for the first time in decades. « If CPAC had promised to burn down buildings and demolish statues, they might have left us up there, » Cotton said and referred to the violence that prevailed for the most part in democratic cities last summer.
« But just think of this contrast, this contrast that is at the heart of our freedom, that your rights may depend on what you say, what you believe or what skin color you are. It’s the opposite of freedom, and conservatives everywhere, and really just ordinary Americans who don’t go along with every fad and shape the left, see a risk everywhere, « he continued.
» Big business can take your job away, Big Tech can de-platform you, your liberal college can kick you out of school, your liberal governor can shut down your church. «
» And why is the left doing this? » Asked Cotton. “It’s because they ignored Ronald Reagan’s warning in his farewell speech. They have lost what he called the unequivocal appreciation of America. Now many leftists have come to the conclusion that America is a fundamentally flawed, irredeemable, evil Place is. «
The Arkansas Senator, one of the many Senate Republicans likely to seek presidential nomination in 2024, went on to explain what he saw as the Democrats’ vision of the United States. </ "You have many names for it. But whatever banner it flies under, it reverts to this anti-American idea. You can call it" alertness "or" political correctness "," break off culture ", you can call it" critical race theory, "" critical gender theory, "whatever call it critical. Some people call it systemic racism. But here's your point. The key word is not racism, the key word is sy stemically.
« It doesn’t matter what the system is guilty of, just that the system is guilty and it needs to be burned down. So many liberals think that about America. And how do you want to do that? They plan to do so by rejecting our beautiful Declaration of Independence and America’s central promise that we are all created equal in the eyes of God and that we all have equal rights under the law. «
Speakers who will appear at Saturday’s Conservative Conference include Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Minority Chairman of the House, Kevin McCarthy, Senator Bill Hagerty (R- Tn.), Former Acting Director of National Intelligence, Ric Grenell, Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) And Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).
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