(UPDATED) Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is a Psychopath

Photo From New York Times

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is the Douglas Neidermeyer of the United States Senate.

For readers who remember the classic John Landis 1978 movie Animal House, Douglas Neidermeyer was a snobby military psychopathic college ROTC commander who tormented one of the Delta House Members, trying to shoot him with live bullets at a homecoming parade at the end of the movie. The movie’s epilogue says that the character was killed by his own troops in Vietnam.

That is Tom Cotton.

Please see the video clip below to understand the comparison.

He makes Martha McSally seem like Susan Collins or Lisa Murkowski.

He makes Kyrsten Sinema seem like Elizabeth Warren.

Today, the former Army Captain (with tours in Afghanistan and Iraq) and Harvard Graduate penned a guest op-ed in the New York Times titled “Tom Cotton: Send in the Troops.”

It does not get any better from there.

The Senator had made similar calls for the themes expressed in his opinion piece on Twitter on Monday, June 1, 2020.

After taking away the perfunctory obligatory remarks that citizens have a right to protest and George Floyd’s death is a tragedy, the rest of the article is something out of Dr. Strangelove (a famed Stanley Kubrick Movie starring Peter Sellers in three roles and Slim Pickens falling to his death riding down to Earth on a nuclear warhead. Readers can see the clip of that below as well.)

In his editorial, Mr. Cotton engaged in typical fringe right-wing attacks on the left and media.


  • Falsely accused Bill DeBlasio, the New York Mayor of standing by while the city was getting pillaged. He later wrote that other politicians that did not forcibly act against the rioters were “delusional” because they “refuse to do what’s necessary to uphold the rule of law.”
  • Blamed the elites (translation: he is talking about the literate us) of enabling and encouraging the looters.
  • Said all the looters and rioters are “nihilists” from Antifa (some are White Supremacists as well.)
  • Claimed that the only thing that will restore order to our streets is an “overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers.”
  • Called on the President to employ the Insurrection Act of 1807. He cited historical examples from the Civil Rights Era of the 1950s and ’60s to justify his argument.
  • Accused politicians of “wring (ing) their hands while the country burns.”

In his Monday tweet comments, the Arkansas Senator wrote:

“And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry — whatever it takes to restore order. No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters,”

Before Donald Trump had Bill Barr clear the peaceful protestors away so he could have his photo op at St. Johns Church holding an upside-down Bible, he endorsed Mr. Cotton’s views.

Unfortunately for the world, Donald Trump has listened to Mr. Cotton and his allies on many occasions to the detriment of this nation.

Tom Cotton was one of the leading voices against the Iran Nuclear Deal.

How has pulling out of that deal worked out for the United States and the rest of the world?

While Tom Cotton is right to condemn the criminals who have taken advantage of the situation and used the protestors to commit robberies, arson, and murder, his bombastic words have created a situation where an unhinged President of the United States feels he has a license to turn the American Military on the protestors and not worry about telling the difference between the peaceful majority from the nefarious and vile few.

Other former and current members of Defense leadership do not share Cotton’s psychopathic world view.

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, commenting in a piece by Jeff Goldberg of the Atlantic, chastised the reckless response of Donald Trump, stating:

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”

Current Defense Secretary Mike Esper, after enabling Mr. Trump on Monday, apparently faced such a backlash from the top brass at the Pentagon, that he came forward this morning and told reporters at a press briefing:

“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”

Most readers and the current occupant of the White House would do well to heed the views of the current and former Secretaries of Defense rather than the ravings of a psychopathic firebrand who, if this was not reality, would be considered a fringe joke.

That is one reason several among the New York Times staff (Michelle Goldberg, for example) and others (like Eric Wemple) questioned the reasoning behind publishing Mr. Cotton’s views. Although a case can be made that all views should be allowed to be published and having more people exposed to the  Arkansas Senators’ lunacy only makes his fringe views more unpopular, the New York Times Editorial Board has decided to no longer defend the publication and will look to reform its criteria for publishing similar rants.

Senator Cotton’s writings and Mr. Trump’s agreement with them is another reason for voters to turn out and vote in November to select a new President, elect a Democratic Senate, and reelect a Democratic House.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


  1. Quite an impressive list of academic achievements there, Mr. Gordon. From reading your essay, the one I suspected you might be missing was a degree, ANY degree, in “common sense.” I was right. No where in your curriculum vitae. Maybe sign up for one “on line”? …Just a thought.

  2. “There’s no way we should have ever gotten to a place where the rioters were burning down buildings or looting stores.”

    I agree 1000%, we should have fired every racist cop decades ago.

    FYI, the US military is trained to fight wars, not in law enforcement, and we are not China or Russia, we do not deploy troops against US citizens.

  3. If those rioters were destroying the livelihood you had taken years to build, you might feel more like Mr. Cotton does.

    • Of course, we condemn what the looters have done. But Mr.Cotton would scorch the earth to kill a bug. The great majority of the protestors are peaceful. The few vile criminal elements (extremists on both sides) need to be incarcerated. We do not need to call out the 82nd Airborne to do it. Mattis and Esper feel the same way.

  4. There’s no way we should have ever gotten to a place where the rioters were burning down buildings or looting stores. I agree with Tom Cotton on some of his thoughts – they should have called in the National Guard sooner to restore peace in all the cities that was becoming difficult and riots broke out! If it couldn’t stay peaceful then bring on military presence and not paid rioters to infiltrate the peaceful protesters

  5. Tom Cotton says: “And, if necessary, the 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, 1st Cav, 3rd Infantry — whatever it takes to restore order. No quarter for insurrectionists, anarchists, rioters, and looters.”

    To “give no quarter” originally applied to military situations. If a victor was not willing to take care of prisoners he would warn that he would give no quarter. To house and feed a prisoner one would give them quarters and quarter them, so to refuse to quarter men who surrendered meant that they would be put to death. A red flag was sometimes raised to signal the intent to give no quarter, presumably because red is the color of blood. It became illegal to grant no quarter with the Hague Convention of 1907.

    “Give no quarter” eventually took on a figurative meaning of showing no mercy, usually applied in negotiation situations.

    Tom Cotton is not speaking figuratively. He is literally saying that U.S. military personnel should be judge, jury and executioner, summarily executing American citizens on the streets of America suspected of crimes without regard for due process of law under the U.S. Constitution. He would not distinguish between peaceful protestors exercising their First Amendment rights from those outside agitators who are anarchists and white supremacists seeking to foment a “civil war,” or those with criminal intent who see an opportunity for looting.

    Ever since this man came on the political scene I have had an uneasy feeling of dread about him that he is a fascist with a bloodlust for war. He also fancies himself a candidate for president in 2024. God help us.

    • More biased opinions from one who wasn’t beaten and left for dead or from one who’s livelihood was burned to the ground.

      • So you are for summary execution of citizens on the streets of America without due process of law. Maybe the FBI should flag you.

      • “If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt! https://t.co/eFxMjgsG1K

        — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019″

  6. Tommy Boy is a wack job. He thinks everything can be solved by shooting and bombing, Iran, Minneapolis, makes no difference to him. Any peabrain can bomb and blow things up. The real intelligent and sophisticated, find ways to solve problems long before that. Shame on Arkansas for sending him to Washington.

  7. david – your comments on tom cotton are spot-on. he’d nuke a garden party because they didn’t invite him. like his lord and master…thank you!

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