(RepublicanInformer.com)- Republican Senator for Arkansas, Tom Cotton, used his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday to mock the New York Times and their “social justice warrior” writers and editors, describing their “meltdown” over the summer over an opinion piece he published in the newspaper calling on the troops to restore order during Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots.
On the first day of CPAC, Senator Cotton recalled how several hundred staffers at the Times were so angry that the outlet had published his opinion piece that they successfully forced an editor to resign.
“So I wrote an op-ed in the New York Times,” he said. “It had a very simple message, a very common-sense message, grounded in American history and law supported by a majority of Americans, arguing, if the police cannot or especially if they are not allowed to restore order, then it is time to send in the troops.”
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Cotton said that a “total meltdown” came from “children” in the New York Times who have been “marinated in the language of the campus seminar room.”
He recalled how left-wing writers claimed that his words put their lives at risk.
“I’m sorry kiddo, words are words, violence is what your friends are doing on the streets of America,” he added. “My work didn’t meet their standards, it far exceeded their normally lousy standards.”
The backlash against Cotton’s op-ed at the time prompted James Bennett, the editor of the paper’s editorial page, to resign.
The New York Times issued a statement after the controversy claiming that Cotton’s op-ed did not meet their editorial standards, after originally claiming that the newspaper was committed to representing opinions “from across the spectrum.”
Which didn’t last long.
Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the times, said that following a review they believed that the opinion piece was published because of a “rushed editorial process.”