He has issued a warning to the GOP.
While many politicians have prioritized bipartisanship from Congress, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) draws attention to an issue he believes the GOP should prioritize. The Arkansas Senator mentioned the GOP should focus on winning the war on crime through a “law and order” approach while removing all prosecutors backed by billionaire George Soros.
Calling for a renewed effort by the GOP, in an opinion piece titled “Recall, Remove & Replace Every Last Soros Prosecutor,” published on WFMZ, Senator Cotton highlighted how much of the increased crime was in “radical, left-wing” cities.
The column published on December 20th came two days before Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) fell victim to a carjacking in Philadelphia; a city where a Soros-backed prosecutor has been criticized for his lenient crime policies.
In the piece, Cotton highlights how in 2020, the U.S. had experienced the “largest increase in murder” in the nation’s existence, adding that drug overdose deaths also reached levels never reported before. The Senator also observed that the carnage was “not distributed equally,” saying it was “concentrated in cities and localities where radical, left-wing, George Soros progressives” had taken over the state and district attorney offices.
Cotton continued, saying that the “legal arsonists” were denouncing “rule of law as ‘systemically racist,’” abusing prosecutorial discretion, and choosing to embrace prosecution nullification. The result was an increase in crime in the areas under their charge.
The Senator highlighted that areas like Baltimore, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Manhattan, where crime had skyrocketed, were under the charge of radical prosecutors.
Drawing attention to the cities’ crime rates –– which included a sharp rise in homicides, shootings, and murders –– the Arkansas Senator compared some of the high rates of crime to notoriously dangerous nations. He pointed out that in Baltimore, for example, the murder rate was higher than in El Salvador or Guatemala, “nations from which citizens often attempt to claim asylum purely based on gang violence and murder.”
However, the prospective 2024 presidential candidate also criticized the GOP for a “misguided push” on the First Step Act, saying that it contributed to more “soft-on-crime” policies.
According to Cotton, the First Step Act opened the door to other “weak-on-crime” legislation, elaborating by saying that once the “party of law and order endorses a law like the First Step Act,” it surrendered the crime debate.
This is not the first time the Arkansas Senator supports stricter enforcement of the law. In the summer of 2020, Cotton was one of a few GOP officials who called on the former President to use the Insurrection Act to suppress unrest.