This morning Tom Cotton tweeted that America has an ‘major under-incarceration problem’ in response to a CNN article highlighting a massive surge in crime that we’ve seen over the last year:
We have a major under-incarceration problem in America.
And it’s only getting worse. https://t.co/guYdE7aHdb
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) April 6, 2021
Here’s some of what the article said:
Major American cities saw a 33% increase in homicides last year as a pandemic swept across the country, millions of people joined protests against racial injustice and police brutality, and the economy collapsed under the weight of the pandemic — a crime surge that has continued into the first quarter of this year.
Sixty-three of the 66 largest police jurisdictions saw increases in at least one category of violent crimes in 2020, which include homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, according to a report produced by the Major Cities Chiefs Association. Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Raleigh, North Carolina, did not report increases in any of the violent crime categories.
Through the first three months of 2021, a number of major cities have indicated they are still experiencing high rates of violent crime, according to Laura Cooper, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. “Some cities are set to outpace last year’s numbers,” she said.
Experts point to a “perfect storm” of factors — economic collapse, social anxiety because of a pandemic, de-policing in major cities after protests that called for abolition of police departments, shifts in police resources from neighborhoods to downtown areas because of those protests, and the release of criminal defendants pretrial or before sentences were completed to reduce risk of Covid-19 spread in jails — all may have contributed to the spike in homicides.
We’ve also posted on this a little, highlighting how Portland’s murder rate has increase 2,000 percent, leading their mayor to want to RE-FUND the police in his city. Also violent crime in Minneapolis skyrocketed as well after they defunded their police department. Also a lot police officers left and rightfully so, and that didn’t help either.
The point is that this CNN article isn’t really off base and neither is Tom Cotton’s response to it, suggesting that if we put more criminals in prison, crime wouldn’t be as much of a problem as it’s become.
But he Left had a hissy fit on social media, and even Twitter itself tried to refute Cotton in their ‘trending’ section:
Those statistics do not refute Cotton’s claim. pic.twitter.com/U5jctPn5aG
— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) April 6, 2021
Sibarium is right. Twitter basically ignored the context of Cotton’s tweet and just threw up some irrelevant statistics about incarcerations, trying to get one up on him. And as one Tweeter pointed out, “Once again, Twitter is a publisher.”
Here’s a few more idiotic responses from the Left:
Tom Cotton is correct. There are a whole lot of Republican politicians who aren’t in prison but need to be. https://t.co/Dt7a7m38d6
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 6, 2021
I mean, we all know that Tom Cotton is a blood-thirsty fascist.
But to say that we have an “under-incarceration problem” is absolutely deranged even by his usual sociopathic standards. https://t.co/HDSh8DVBnp
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) April 6, 2021
We can fix Tom Cotton’s “under-incarceration” problem by throwing every insurrectionist involved in the January 6th attack on the capitol in prison and then throwing away the fucking keys. https://t.co/V2fMVMHhC6
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) April 6, 2021
And the list goes on and on. Most responses, just like Twitter, completely ignore the context of Cotton’s tweet.
I looked to see if Cotton had replied anymore, but he hasn’t. He’s probably eating some popcorn while reading the ‘triggered’ tweets.