As numerous pundits and politicians are calling for more bipartisanship from Congress, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) is ringing the alarm bells on one issue that he says the GOP must show “moral clarity” on — winning the war on crime by having a “law and order” approach while working to remove every single George Soros-backed prosecutor in the nation.
Cotton called for a renewed effort from the GOP last week in an opinion piece titled “Recall, Remove & Replace Every Last Soros Prosecutor.” His column came just two days before Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) was carjacked at gunpoint in Philadelphia, a city whose Soros-backed prosecutor has come under fire for his lenient policy on crime.
“Last year, our nation experienced the largest increase in murder in American history and the largest number of drug overdose deaths ever recorded. This carnage continues today and is not distributed equally,” Cotton observed. “Instead, it is concentrated in cities and localities where radical, left-wing, George Soros progressives have captured state and district attorney offices.”
“These legal arsonists condemn our rule of law as ‘systemically racist’ and have not simply abused prosecutorial discretion, they have embraced prosecutorial nullification. As a result, a contagion of crime has infected virtually every neighborhood under their charge,” he continued.
Noting that areas like Chicago, Los Angeles, and Manhattan in New York City all have radical prosecutors, Cotton pointed out that their high crime not just compared to cities America but throughout the entire world:
All of these cities have paid a terrible price for these insane policies. Last year, the number of homicides in Chicago rose by 56%, and more than 1,000 Cook County residents have been murdered in 2021. In New York City, murder increased 47% and shootings soared 97%. In 2020, the murder rate in Baltimore was higher than El Salvador’s or Guatemala’s — nations from which citizens often attempt to claim asylum purely based on gang violence and murder—and this year murder in Baltimore is on track to be even higher. Murder in Los Angeles rose 36% last year and is on track to rise another 17% this year.
But, the potential 2024 candidate also criticized his own party for “misguided” contributions to “soft-on-crime” policies such as the bipartisan First Step Act:
In 2018, Republicans passed the pro-criminal First Step Act. That deeply flawed legislation reduced sentences for crack dealers and granted early release to some child predators, carjackers, gang members, and bank robbers. Ironically, this jailbreak bill even provided early release for those who helped prisoners break out of jail.
This misguided push by Republicans to win applause from liberals strengthened the hand of radicals like George Soros. In a political environment where the parties compete for who can be more pro-criminal, the Democrats will always win.
The First Step Act is considered by some in the GOP to be one of President Donald J. Trump’s signature accomplishments. But Cotton argued that the bill, which shortened the sentencing of “non-violent” criminals around the nation, opened the door to additional “weak-on-crime” legislation.
“As soon as the party of law and order endorses a law like the First Step Act, it surrenders the crime debate,” Cotton asserted. “Indeed, instead of running on tough-on-crime platforms, many Republicans championed further leniency towards criminals.”
The Arkansas senator’s support for tougher enforcement of the law is nothing new. Cotton, it should be noted, was also one of the only GOP officials to call upon Trump to use the Insurrection Act to quell the unrest during the summer of 2020.