A GOP Senator is apparently trying to set a new record in how cowardly a politician can be in facing their constituents.
Senator Tom Cotton (R – Ark) is taking the attacks on the first amendment by popular vote loser Donald Trump to the next level, going as far as to threaten his own constituents with cease and desist letters for simply trying to contact him as their representative.
The Arkansas Times reports that Cotton is indeed threatening citizens with legal action for raising concerns with him and his staff. One of the groups to receive such notice is Ozark Indivisible, and activist group pressuring Arkansas Congress members to act on health care, immigration and other issues.
The letter reads:
“This letter is immediate notification that all communication must cease and desist immediately with all offices of US Senator Tom Cotton. All other contact will be deemed harassment and will be reported to the United States Capitol Police.”
Also according to the Times, this is far from an isolated incident, as one recipient of a cease and desist wrote:
I think they just honestly don’t want to listen to any citizen’s opposing view or hear the numerous grave concerns U.S. citizens have about the serious & ongoing attack on our Democracy and past election cycle in which a foreign, hostile Russian government interfered, they don’t want U.S. citizens to call and speak their mind and truth in a very direct manner and they obviously don’t want to be held accountable for their words and actions while serving all the people in this nation.
This is the new norm in the era of Donald Trump. Republicans are so embarrassed and ashamed for their actions enabling him that they’re scared of their constituents and have to resort to threatening them and our democracy.
Cotton’s office, in keeping with custom, refused to respond to our requests for information. But Michael Buckner of KTHV was able to get a seeming confirmation of the letter from Caroline Tabler, Cotton’s press aide.
Tabler said that these letters are rare and only used “under extreme circumstances.”
“If an employee of Senator Cotton receives repeated communications that are harassing and vulgar, or any communication that contains a threat, our policy is to notify the U.S. Capitol Police’s Threat Assessment Section,” Tabler said.