The (now former) editorial page editor at the New York Times did his best to explain why the paper ran an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton headlined, “Send in the Troops.” Cotton argued that the military should be mobilized to deal with the rioting, arson, and vandalism that followed in the wake of peaceful George Floyd protests, and that led many Times staffers to tweet in unison, “Running this puts black New York Times staff in danger.”
— Lil Uzi Hurt at Home (@lostblackboy) June 3, 2020
The Times said it would atone by running fewer op-eds so that each one could be given more fact-checking and editorial attention. Somehow, this one about abolishing the police made it past the editor, and Cotton is responding in kind.
Running this column puts lives in danger. pic.twitter.com/SkESdnYpX2
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 13, 2020
I see what you did there…?? pic.twitter.com/P6n9YFAOaJ
— Bob McMahon (@jrob840) June 13, 2020
I need to save this. This is gold.
— A fucking libertarian guy (@yukikaze_wayne) June 13, 2020
— Josh ? (@hosesway) June 13, 2020
— DEFUND THE THOUGHT POLICE (@deplorable_diva) June 13, 2020
— Tom Macleay (@tommacleay) June 13, 2020
— Peterabbit68 (@peterabbit68) June 13, 2020
I think it also puts Joe Biden’s presidential aspirations in danger.
— BattleSwarm (@BattleSwarmBlog) June 13, 2020
Yes it does. This is like blaming the fire department for house fires. “Well, the fire department always seems to show up at fires – do you think that’s a coincidence?” ?
— Spockadoodle-doo (@markcpoe) June 13, 2020
Written by an anti-criminalization organizer! Go figure
— Mathew (@tweetstuff420) June 13, 2020
But you see, senator, in the eyes of the Times "editors," this piece doesn't cross the line into the "needlessly harsh" zone which they retroactively imputed to your op ed. Also, this piece meets the new, higher "accuracy" standard they announced (but didn't explain) on June 5.
— D. Dean Johnson (@ddeanjohnson) June 13, 2020
*fits editorial guidelines set by NYT
— IG-100 Magnaguard (@theFrayne_Train) June 13, 2020
@SenTomCotton they…do…not…care! MSM has collapsed. We are living in Orwellian times where cherished common mores are being tossed aside shortsightedly for the sake of appeasing armchair Communists. Thankfully, this virus is localized in Blue states and cities.
— Antonio Stark (@Tony_Stark_305) June 13, 2020
This is a dangerous proposition for the citizenry.
— Dario Lizarraga (@azfamdoc) June 13, 2020
Wholeheartedly agree. On the bright side however, at least we can identify the problem. Before it was “are we defunding, are we abolishing?” This clears things up a bit. However this is the left we’re dealing with so how clear things will stay, as always, remains in question.
— The Anonymous Conservative (@anoconservative) June 13, 2020
We’re glad they printed it — the Left has had far too much media time to explain how the call to defund the police doesn’t technically mean defunding the police, and we’ll still have police officers even if we abolish the police.
Senator Cotton has been doing well with the social media game lately.
— MidwestPatriot (@MPatriot107) June 13, 2020
Sen. Tom Cotton takes ‘woke, deeply unserious mob’ at NYT APART for their MELTDOWN over his op-ed in merciless thread https://t.co/nQ6b5xEzWt
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 5, 2020