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Tom Cotton and Tim Scott denounce some Jan. 6 prosecutions



Senator Tom Cotton, (R-Ark.) delivers remarks on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 9, 2024. Cotton, on Sunday, described left-wing protesters as “street militias” who had not been prosecuted enough. (Kenny Holston/The New York Times)

By Maggie Astor


Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is a contender to be former President Donald Trump’s running mate, on Sunday described left-wing protesters as “street militias” who had not been prosecuted enough. He also said that prosecutors were unfairly charging “every grandma and MAGA hat who was within a country mile of the Capitol” on Jan. 6, 2021.


As Cotton was interviewed on CNN, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who is also a vice-presidential contender, made similar arguments on ABC News. With less inflammatory phrasing than Cotton used, he distinguished violent Jan. 6 rioters who should be imprisoned from people who “came into the Capitol because the doors were open,” while also calling Democrats weak on crime.


“Anyone who injured a law enforcement officer or committed acts of violence on Jan. 6 at the Capitol should be prosecuted and face severe consequences,” Cotton said, before accusing prosecutors of casting too wide a net and saying, “That’s unlike Democrats, who won’t prosecute violent protesters, for instance from Democratic street militias outside the homes of Supreme Court justices or defacing statues of veterans right across from the White House.”


He appeared to be referring to several largely peaceful demonstrations outside the justices’ homes in 2022 after the leak of the ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, and to vandalism of statues near the White House this month by some members of a pro-Palestinian protest.


Both Cotton and Scott said that some Jan. 6 defendants were being held in pretrial detention for longer than the sentences they would face if convicted. Most defendants have been released while awaiting trial, and the minority in custody have largely pleaded guilty or violated pretrial conditions.


Cotton’s CNN interviewer, Jake Tapper, asked him about the contrast between how he talked about the Jan. 6 rioters — distinguishing between violent and nonviolent members of the crowd — versus other protesters, whom he has denounced more broadly.


“You have a very hard-line stance on law and order, but here you’re talking about, oh, maybe pardoning them if they didn’t engage in violence,” Tapper said. “That’s not the language you use when you’re talking about the Black Lives Matter protesters or others.”


Cotton, who has called for the National Guard to crack down on left-wing demonstrations and called those protesters “lunatics” and “hooligans,” responded by claiming that “many” Black Lives Matter protesters had been violent. He said he was “simply calling for the same standards to be used” for them and the pro-Palestinian protesters on college campuses as for Jan. 6 rioters.


Scott and Cotton were also asked whether they supported legislation to ban bump stocks after the Supreme Court ruled last week to strike down the Trump administration’s ban. Trump enacted the restrictions after a gunman used weapons equipped with bump stocks — which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at close to the rate of machine guns — to kill 60 people and wound hundreds more at a music festival in Las Vegas in 2017. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.


They both deflected, accusing the Biden administration and Democrats of failing to combat crime and pivoting to argue that illegal immigration was increasing violent crime.


Both Cotton and Scott referred to the killing last year of Rachel Morin, a mother of five, noting that a migrant (“a savage degenerate from El Salvador,” Cotton said) had just been arrested in the case. Neither discussed the Las Vegas shooting that prompted the bump-stock ban, which was carried out by a white American. Data does not support claims that migrants are causing a surge in crime.


“We’re going to focus on the priorities of the American people, and what the priorities of the American people are today is to focus on closing our southern border,” Scott said in response to the question about bump-stock legislation.


Cotton, responding to the same question, said, “I would suggest before we infringe on the rights of law-abiding American citizens, we should crack down on violent crime” and “close our border.”


A third vice-presidential contender, Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota, appeared on Fox News on Sunday. He was not asked about Jan. 6 or about the bump-stock ruling. But, like Cotton and Scott, he cast President Joe Biden’s border policies as a life-or-death threat, referring to the recent arrests of several men with ties to the Islamic State group and claiming “the possibility of a 9/11-type terror attack happening in our country has gone up dramatically.”

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