Senator Tom Cotton sending cease and desist letters to liberal activists who write to him (Details)

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On Thursday, activist group Ozark Indivisible revealed that Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) sent out cease and desist letters urging them to stop trying to get in contact with Cotton.

According to Caroline Rabbitt Tabler, Cotton’s communications director, they are sending the letters only because people were being mean to Cotton.




In a statement, Tabler asserted, “Senator Cotton is always happy to hear from Arkansans and encourages everyone to contact his offices to express their thoughts, concerns, and opinions. In order to maintain a safe work environment, 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 and, in accordance with their guidance, send a cease and desist letter to the individual making the harassing or threatening communication.”

One constituent who received a letter indicated he was not harassing anyone.

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The person revealed, “I received a letter from the office of U.S. Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas after calling and expressing my grave concerns over his actions and support of this administration’s agenda concerning a wide variety of subjects from the attack on our healthcare, DACA and immigration issues, to national security, to the rise of white nationalist fascism, to the environment, the gutting of our State Department, the attack on the free press…and similar deeply troubling actions & motives I’ve seen Senator Cotton support & condone. It was odd to receive this letter as I’ve called other Members of Congress to express my strong thoughts and opinions about their actions and thought this to be not only my duty as an American citizen but my First Amendment right granted all U.S. citizens by our U.S. Constitution, the foundation of our Democracy.”

The person continued, “I believe if Tom Cotton’s office were to respond as to why they sent this letter, 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,” the letter continued. “I may have used unprofessional and unbecoming language at times as the anxiety and stress of what I’m witnessing is at times too great a burden to control and I have vehemently expressed my righteous anger at Senator Cotton’s complicitness with this harmful regime.”




Tabler did not reveal what the tipping point for Cotton’s office to act this way or how many people they sent out the letters to.

According to John Noonan, Cotton’s counselor on military and defense affairs, one of the letters that they received had threatened a 19-year-old intern.

Nooman tweeted:

Forty minutes later, he updated his tweet and stated:

 

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