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Republican Sen. Tom Cotton claims the 101st Airborne could be called to quell 'domestic terrorism' at Black Lives Matter protests

Added 06-01-20 11:14:02am EST - “Cotton echoed comments by made the president, who threatened the use of "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons" against Black Lives Matter.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Republican Sen. Tom Cotton claims the 101st Airborne could be called to quell 'domestic terrorism' at Black Lives Matter protests”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, pushed for the use of military force against demonstrators who've taken to the streets and, in some cases, protested violently against police brutality and racism. 

"If local politicians will not do their most basic job to protect our citizens, let's see how these anarchists respond when the 101st Airborne is on the other side of the street," Cotton said during a Monday morning interview on Fox News. 

Cotton, who's closely aligned with President Donald Trump, elaborated on his position on Twitter, calling violence at protests "domestic terrorism."

"We need to have zero tolerance for this destruction," he wrote, calling protesters "Antifa terrorists." "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."

Cotton's comments echoed Trump's rhetoric, which has included threatening "the unlimited power" of the US military against protesters. Trump also threatened demonstrators outside the White House with "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons" he said the Secret Service was prepared to use against them. 

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